Storey staffers and friends share August garden scenes.
A few weeks ago, I was beginning to think there were two mainstays of summer I might not see again this year: rain and bumblebees. Serious summer drought conditions in Massachusetts have left crispy gardens and dusty earth everywhere, and floral food for bees has seemed to bloom and die off faster than usual (not so in Norway, as you’ll see below). But lately, summer storms have brought mildest relief and, as pollinator favorites like sunflowers and Joe-Pye weed have begun to blossom, the bumblebees are again turning up in droning droves. Every night after sundown, I turn on my porch light to see each sunflower head in our front yard occupied by no fewer than three slumbering bumbles. What a revelation, to discover that they bed down in their dinner plates! Enjoy these glimpses of Storey gardens filled with vibrant yellows, oranges, reds, and hot pinks — the color equivalents of the sultry dog days of summer. What’s blooming where you are? — Emily Spiegelman, Digital Features Editor
I don’t know when, precisely, this happened, but we’ve turned a corner toward fall in our little corner of the world. Day length is lessening, mornings feel autumnal, and there are a few grand maples I pass every day that are very clearly turning
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