There are still a lot of things blooming in the gardens. The dinner-plate dahlias are stunning. This yellow color is hard to capture in a photo, but it sure adds a bright spot in the garden.
These pinks are also a lovely bit of color in the fall gardens. They're growing sort of incorrectly. I didn't stake the plants when I put in the tubers this spring, so most of them in the garden by the gazebo are laying on the ground. I think I have smaller flowers, but more of them because of the stem being horizontal. Whatever, they're cool!
If the next photo will click big, you can see the stem laying on the ground - it's like having several plants there instead of just one. I like it.
(all of the pink flowers you see in the photo are growing from one stalk)
I spent yesterday moving plants around. Today I raked acorns out of the garden by our neighbor's big old oak tree. Last year, we didn't have many acorns fall - and had a very mild winter. This year, zillions have fallen - I'm predicting a cold and/or snowy winter. Luckily, I haven't been feeding the birds this summer, so the squirrels have been doing a good job of picking up the acorns. I'm sure they're preparing for no easy-to-steal bird food this winter too. Our neighbors also have walnut trees along the fence line, and the squirrels stored those away immediately. I have only seen one walnut in my garden this year! I love it!! (They probably buried them all in the gardens - LOL!)