After a few hectic weeks, I finally feel like I have time to really look at the garden. In some ways, it feels like summer is truly spent (even though it’s sunny and in the 70s today). The tomatoes look like they’ve had it, unlike last year, when there were still lots of flowers and I picked a few big bowls of tomatoes right before frost. I’ll chalk it up to the weather (makes me feel better), but I will be buying a big box soon to turn into chutney and sauce.
In the flower beds, I feel like some of the exuberance is missing. The black-eyed Susans look great, the zinnias have finally come into their own and boltonia is starting to bloom. We finally even have a canna in bloom. Maybe it’s the Alma asters that are struggling to bloom, and the bluebird Asters that are supposed to be four feet tall and this year barely make it to the bottom of the porch. At least the bees are happy. They’re all over the flower bed. Even so, time to think about a new plan for next year.