The trees have begun to turn in earnest, all the way to the sumac at the river you see through the window in the forest. The blue-violet, heart-leaved asters (Symphyotrichum cordifolium), have flopped a bit from the drizzly rain we had over the weekend, but they are still going strong.
The cleome (C. hassleriana) are fizzling out in the cooler temperatures, but the white, dark and light pink cosmos (C. bipinnatus ‘Sensation Mix’), continue on, along with the orange and yellow calendulas. The few zinnias (Z. elegans ‘County Fair Mix’) in the patch with the dahlias are still sending up new blooms.
I need to start chopping things back, but the weather has not been conducive to garden work.
In the foreground of this photo, the globe thistle (Echinops ritro) that I cut to the ground after blooming, has regenerated with new flower buds, but I wonder if they will have a chance to bloom before the deep cold sets in? Time will tell. Behind it, sandwiched between the aster, is the beautiful red foliage of sundrops (Oenothera fruticosa).
The coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) seed heads are being visited by birds, mostly finches and sparrows. In front of them, the blood grass (Imperata cylindrica ‘Red Baron’), which was not noticeable all summer, now is blazing. Directly behind it, in the far back almost into the woods, a purple New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) can be seen (best in the third photo). It was too tall for the border, so I banished it to the wood edge where it seems quite happy.
The astilbe seed heads are rusty brown and the white flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata) bloom along the front with the mound of silvery lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina).
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: