And yet! And yet! Autumn has so many joys of its own! While the evenings are getting chilly, the days are still down right hot, so the flowers are still blooming! Mother Nature offers some beauties this time of year, as this bouquet shows – to the grasses, goldenrod, fleabane and pokeweed that I gathered I added some late sunflowers, a few asters and nasturtium, and a red spike or two. Lovely!
Many plants still yield beautiful flowers for bouquets in late summer and early fall, although the plants themselves look shabby, so keep a cutting garden out of sight of the house or road. You will be able to collect color from it late into the fall, even if the garden itself looks tired and ready for a winter rest.