There is no question that our late August weather is less than fun to work in. Searing heat and the accompanying heat advisories limit the amount of time that we are willing to remain outside. The swarms of tiny biting insects are beyond unpleasant. So far no broken safety glasses have accompanied frenzied moves to get the little buggers away from my eyes. It might be considered heresy to wish for a frost but the thought has crossed my mind.
New England Asters are a favorite. We enjoy them as do the deer and insects. Deer pruning gives us shorter plants and slightly later blossoms. This wire cage could be identified as deliberately placed protection but actually it is part of a pile of unused fencing.
Goldenrod is an invasive weed beyond description. Its root mass is so huge that a five foot pry bar is needed to loosen the plant for removal. In short order it will choke out all of the other garden plants. We would like it gone but it provides the last source of pollen for the newly arriving Monarch Butterflies. Frost survival is an uncommon trait among flowering plants so we actually welcome extensive appearances of it. Its yellow color is quite attractive if one can get by its invasive habit.
Becky found five different species of Goldenrod growing on our land when we first moved here. Their names were easily retrieved then but those days are behind us now. Even I recognized that this plant was different from the more common variety but I have absolutely no idea of its name.
The Clara Curtis chrysanthemums were deliberately planted here. That small group has expanded wildly and they have been transplanted in many different locations throughout our gardens. Cardinal Flower and Rudbeckia Triloba are both self planted and welcome.