Storey staffers share September garden scenes.

Without a doubt, the last week has brought a true taste of fall. The tips of maple trees are already turning a fiery red, humidity levels have dipped, and nights are cold enough that it’s tempting to pull heavy blankets down from shelves. In my own garden, in a truly strange turn of events, a few irises in our front beds decided September was a good time to unfurl. Is it the drought? Who knows. But as this month’s photos show, we’re soaking up as many of these fair, flower-filled days as we can get. What’s blooming where you are? — Emily Spiegelman, Digital Features Editor

Deb Burns, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Gladiolus

Gladiolus

Morning glory

Morning glory

Carleen Madigan, Loon Lake, New York

Mammoth Russian sunflower

Mammoth Russian sunflower, with Carleen for scale.

calendula and nasturtium

Calendula and nasturtium

Gladiolus and kale

Surprise gladiolus among the kale.

Gwen Steege, Williamstown, Massachusetts

September blooms

Blooms beneath the window

Dahlias

Dahlias

Figs on tree

Figs!

Gwen's garden

Gwen’s garden. We hope, with her recent retirement after 29 years at Storey, she has more time to enjoy this beautiful place to the fullest.

Debbie Surdam, Hoosick, New York

Dahlias

Dahlias

Sunflower with grasshopper

Sunflower with grasshopper

sunflowers

Sunflowers

Phlox

Phlox

Emily Spiegelman, Wendell, Massachusetts

White Iris

Irises in September?!

Honeybees in chive flowers

Chive flowers are a big hit with honeybees.

Michal Lumsden, Plainfield, Massachusetts

dahlias in bloom

The dahlias are blooming — at last!

purple phlox

Phlox and sunset in the Hilltowns. What could be better?

helenium

I love the one green yet-to-blossom helenium in this sea of late-summer color.

Ilona Sherratt, Cheshire, Massachusetts

Impatiens in a planter box

Impatiens in a planter box

Turtlehead flowers and phlox

Turtlehead flowers and phlox

Sedum and salvia

Sedum and salvia

Anne Guest, North Adams, Massachusetts

Coreopsis

Coreopsis

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Maribeth Casey, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Mandevilla

Mandevilla

zinnias

Zinnias in bloom

zinnias

Zinnias lend a gorgeous pop of color.

Liseann Karandisecky, Cheshire, Massachusetts

Ants on flower

Ants go marching by.

purple clematis

Purple clematis

Hibiscus flower

Hibiscus bloom

Lily of the valley berries

Lily-of-the-valley berries

Nasturtium

Nasturtium

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

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