Labor Day weekend

A happy note: zinnias with sedum
A happy note: zinnias with sedum

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.

Depressing. This has come a month early.
Depressing. This has come a month early.

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.

Two years ago, we had to tie these asters back by the end of September.
Two years ago, we had to tie these asters back by the end of September.
This year, they're midgets.
This year, they're midgets.
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2 thoughts on “Labor Day weekend

    1. Most are perennials that have slept, crept and leapt over the last few years (and probably need dividing again). They come from a number of places, mostly Bluestone Perennials (mail order), some Green Mountain Transplants (mail order), our local Master Gardeners’ plant sale in May and divisions of friends’ perennials. We have started growing more annuals (the zinnias and nicotinia) from seed. We haven’t had much luck with plants from the big box stores.

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