Storey staffers and friends share scenes from late summer gardens.

We’ve been lucky in New England this month (so far, anyway). We’ve managed to escape a particularly destructive hurricane season that’s hit the South hard, and we’re not buried under a thick cloud of smoke from nearby wildfires like many parts of the West. In fact, the weather here has been pretty spectacular: warm, sunny days and cool, dry nights and the late summer light has been especially lovely.  Roadside stands are selling mums and asters — those quintessentially fall flowers — and pumpkins are popping up, too. Personally, I’ve been distracted from end-of-season chores. As a result, my own garden bears signs of serious neglect — unharvested tomatoes, mint run amok — and my usually prolific dahlias haven’t hit their stride yet. Yet. There’s still one more bloom day left in 2017.  What’s blooming where you are? — Emily Spiegelman, Digital Features Editor

Michal Lumsden, Plainfield, Massachusetts

nasturtium bloom day september

Nasturtium

phlox bloom day september

Phlox

sunflower with bee bloom day september

Sunflower + bee

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Wood’s purple aster

Ilona Sherratt, Cheshire, Massachusetts

If you happen to visit the Storey offices this week, you’ll be greeted by this fragrant bouquet of homegrown flowers, from the garden of illustration coordinator Ilona Sherratt.

ilona bouquet bloom day september

ilona bouquet bloom day september

Heather Tietgens, Stamford, Vermont

bloom day september

bloom day september

Debbie Surdam, Hoosick, New York

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Birds as blooms

phlox september bloom day

Phlox

black and yellow lichen moth on zinnia september bloom day

A Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth (Lycomorpha pholus) rests on an orange zinnia.

Andrea Herbst, Andover, Minnesota

painted lady butterflies sedums september bloom day

A bouquet of Painted Lady butterflies in my mother’s sedums.

Carleen Madigan, Chicago, Illinois

We had time for a quick drive to the Lurie Garden (designed by Timber Press author Piet Oudolf), while in Chicago for a photo shoot. Soooo amazing!

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Lurie Garden in Millennium Park

lurie garden september bloom day

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