Anything that hasn't bloomed yet is budding out. The big end of summer show approaches.
I have some mighty big Joe Pye. It is one of the first to bloom.
The bloom period is quite long and the flowers age beautifully. Joe Pye maintains its presence quite well until the last aster blooms.
The often towering Ironweed is right behind Joe Pye.
It's favorite home is in the middle of the roadside vegetable garden. I have only had the heart to thin it out a bit, thinking of it as a seed source for spreading to the meadows. One day when the meadows have more ironweed, I will have to remove it from the vegetable garden. A plant that tall is a sunlight robber.
No matter. I get plenty sun. Late summer is also harvest time and I have been pulling sacks of fine produce out of the roadside vegetable garden. This year we are having a glut of cucumbers and I have been taking full sacks of them to the soup kitchen.
I know what I am having for dinner tomorrow.
A bumble rests on the side of the vegetable garden. I should follow its example.