Since a frost was predicted for Sunday night, we covered a few things, my spouse made a support to hold a tarp to cover the largest zinnia and dahlia patch (see D. ‘Voodoo’ below), and I picked nearly every tender flower in the garden to put in vases.
Therefore, the garden this week isn’t as floriferous as it once was. However, as promised, the blue-violet heart-leaved asters (Symphyotrichum cordifolium), have become big lavender clouds, airy and light. They are absolutely covered with humming pollinators, happily partaking of the grand buffet.It turned out to be a light frost, so we might have a few more weeks of purple, pink and white cleome (C. hassleriana), white, dark and light pink cosmos (C. bipinnatus ‘Sensation Mix’), zebra mallow (Malva sylvestris ‘Zebrina’) and a few zinnias (Z. elegans ‘County Fair Mix’), as I picked nearly every bud that held promise.
Calendulas (C. officinalis) mixed throughout are soldiering on. Purple and blue morning glories (Ipomoea purpurea ‘Grandpa Ott’ and I. hederacea), greet the early hours and if it stays cool, last through the afternoon.
Amazingly, the white phlox (P. paniculata) is still putting out blooms, as is the white flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata). Pink coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) are about done and lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina) continue to do their thing.
We are have nearly come full circle on the garden year and it won’t be long before the garden looks like it did in April. How I’m going to miss it when it’s gone!
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: