“But now in September the garden has cooled, and with it my possessiveness. The sun warms my back instead of beating on my head …The harvest has dwindled, and I have grown apart from the intense midsummer relationship that brought it on.”
– Robert Finch
It’s hard to believe that it is already September, isn’t it? Summertime crept in cunningly back in June, and now she’s departing with the same aloofness that makes us long for heat and sunshine in New York’s chilling winter months. Happily, there is still much time to tend to your garden or try new techniques before you prepare for hibernation. After all, autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year, and one that offers much for those who love to spend time outdoors gardening.
Sarah Raven, a writer for the UK Telegraph recently wrote an article about the beauty of flowers that are still in bloom at the very end of summer. My sadness about summer’s end was quickly curbed upon thinking about Zinnias, which Raven calls “late-summer superstars,” and offers a burst of optimistic sunshine in describing them. She says that there is “no better late-summer plant, with a brilliant range of colours and flowers that look as though they’ve been cut from velvet-coated cardboard.”
Indeed, plants like Zinnias remind us that the transition from summer to autumn doesn’t need to be as stark as replacing your delicate, lovely dahlias with sturdy goldenrod, or the like. There are many beautiful plant varietals that bloom wonderfully even throughout New York’s unpredictable autumn months, but it is also important to remember that there are still many late-summer blooms thriving right now!
Enjoy the last few official weeks of summer, but don’t fret about the turn of seasons as I have done. Instead, visit your local nursery and ask about their best late-summer plant offerings!