September 27, 2009

Fall Flowers

We're heading towards the height of fall foliage, and plants in the perennial borders are also turning brown and yellow and red. There are still a few phlox blooms straggling on, but there are also two late blooming perennials that have just begun to flower: the autumn Monkshood aconitum fischeri, and the fall Aster Purple Dome. The monkshood blooms look like medieval knights with helmet and visor; the remaining bees love to crawl up inside them. The aster is a neat mound that will be covered in purple blossoms. It's nice to have some flowers this late in the season.

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