Three perennials are blooming and the rest of the garden will be carried into frost by annuals. Two mounds of lavender Heart-leaved Asters (Symphyotrichum cordifolium), far left rear and middle, are peaking and buzzing with bees. Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) and white Phlox paniculata are still blooming, but are about done.
Morning Glories (Ipomoea tricolor ‘Heavenly Blue’ & I. purpurea ‘Grandpa Ott’) clamber up the tall Sunflowers along the back, and to the left, Helianthus annuus ‘Italian White’ hide my only pink Cleome hassleriana to self-sow this year. Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus) are still putting out scented heaven, despite being choked by Morning Glory vines.
Orange and yellow Calendula officinalis and white Nicotiana alata are scattered about, along with a clump of Zinnia elegans ‘Cactus’ and several ‘Sprite Mixed.’ All of which are being visited by many bees, migrating Monarchs, Painted Lady and other butterflies. A yellow garden spider (Argiope aurantia) has placed her egg sac on one of the Zinnia plants and I will have to be careful to set it aside after frost has finished the plants. As her web was lower in the foliage, I think she mostly ate Japanese beetles, which plagued the plants in August.
As seen in the first photo, in rows far left, Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) is ready for its third harvest (it makes a healthful and refreshing tea). I picked the Orca beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) over the weekend, resulting in half a bushel of pods. Once they’re dry, they’ll have to be shelled, a task for mindful meditation.
Along the front, Lamb’s Ears (Stachys byzantina), a few hot pink Zinnia angustifolia x elegans ‘Double Cherry Profusion,’ Japanese Blood Grass (Imperata cylindrica) surrounded by Love-in-a-Mist (Nigella damascena) seed heads and a few more clumps of white Nicotiana at the end.
To the left of the main garden Dahlia ‘Voodoo’ and ‘Tiki Torch’ are blazing up a storm.
Thanks to Cathy at Words and Herbs for hosting The Tuesday View, a meme showing the view of one or more of our gardens over the course of a growing season. Visit to see links to other garden views from around the world.