Things are slowing down, the exuberance is waning, as expected as we head towards summer’s end.
At the center, the blue globe thistle (Echinops ritro) has been chopped down, the orange and red daylilies are gone, the lemon yellow daylilies (Hemerocallis ‘Hyperion’) are waning, and the spires of Astilbe taquettii are nearly done.
At the rear, pink and white cleome (C. hassleriana) mix with a smattering of pink cosmos (C. bipinnatus ‘Sensation Mix’), the last of the sunflowers (Helianthus annuus), beloved of the birds and destroyed by squirrels; through the middle, pink and white phlox (P. paniculata); along the front (left and right), white flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata), pink coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea), and lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina).
Below are closer shots of the front of the border.
A view of the far left, the calendulas (C. officinalis) mixed with zinnias (Z. elegans ‘County Fair Mix’) and cosmos. In the back, more cosmos, the sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) are overrun with vines of the sky-blue, ivy-leaved morning glory (Ipomoea hederacea). I won’t be planting these two together again. The morning glory is too vigorous and really needs a leaner soil to bloom better. Its weight actually snapped the wooden posts I had and toppled the fence so we had to insert metal fence posts and wire the fence to them. Gardening is an endless learning curve.
I’m linking with Cathy at Words and Herbs, joining participants taking weekly photos of the same garden over the course of the growing season to note its evolution.
Below are some of the previous views for comparison: