Fall color is beginning to creep into the trees and ferns behind the garden, a process that helps me adjust to the inevitable.
The biggest changes from last week are the sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) have been decapitated by a hungry squirrel and the heart-leaved asters (Symphyotrichum cordifolium) have begun to bloom on the far left and in the middle (in front of the zinnias and behind the coneflowers). By next week, they will be big lavender clouds, airy and light.
Many gardeners around here eschew this lovely native, but I find it has great merit in the garden if you have the space for it, as it can grow quite large.
While I was taking these photos this morning, I was graced with the presence of yet another migrating Monarch butterfly. It felt like a blessing, bringing a ray of hope now that I have seen half a dozen this summer, whereas the past few years I have seen none. Fellow gardeners, continue to lead the charge for bringing this imperiled species back from the brink of extinction! Learn more by clicking the link above.
Continuing to provide color are purple, pink and white cleome (C. hassleriana), white, dark and light pink cosmos (C. bipinnatus ‘Sensation Mix’), zebra mallow (Malva sylvestris ‘Zebrina’) and zinnias (Z. elegans ‘County Fair Mix’). Calendulas (C. officinalis) are mixed through the left middle. Purple morning glories, on a teepee at the back, brighten the early hours.
On the right side, the white phlox (P. paniculata) is finishing, while the stalwart white flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata), pink coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) and lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina) continue to do their thing.
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: