Storey staffers and friends share scenes from late summer gardens.

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 red. This kind of seasonal shift throws me into a panic over how quickly the last eight months of the year have passed, and how quickly the last four are coming. But then I stop myself and look around. There’s still plenty of summer to be found in the garden. Tomatoes are finally ripening, peaches and plums and late summer berries proliferate, and — as you’ll see from this month’s post — an abundance of blooms are just coming into their own. We still have time, I keep reminding myself. Time for open windows and crickets chirping and corn stalks that tower over us, obscuring where we came from and where we’re going, and demand that we be right where we are, right now. What’s blooming where you are? — Emily Spiegelman, Digital Features Editor

Regina Velázquez, Williamstown, Massachusetts

mini meadow with cosmos and babys breath

Mini meadow Western Mix currently showing mostly Gysophila elegans (baby’s breath) and Cosmos bipinnatus (wild cosmos).

cosmos bloom day august

Close-up of cosmos

scarlet flax bloom

Early Linum grandiflorum rubrum (scarlet flax)

Michal Lumsden, Plainfield, Massachusetts

Monarch caterpillar on butterfly weed

Monarch caterpillar on butterfly weed

lily august bloom


sunflower unfurling august bloom

Sunflower unfurling

Deb Burns, Williamstown, Massachusetts

bee balm black eyed susan

Hot color combinations in bee balm and black-eyed susans

queen annes lace august bloom

Cool color combination of Queen Anne’s lace and chicory

milkweed flower august bloom

A late milkweed bloom

MaryAnn Nøbben, Norway

rain on buds august bloom

We’ve had a lot of rain this summer, which has its beauty, too.

bees on poppy august bloom

Pollinators crowding onto a poppy.

delphinium august bloom

The delphinium reflect the colors of our rain-filled sky.

Andrea Herbst, Andover, Minnesota

petunias in planter august bloom

Scenes from my mother’s planters.

petunias in planter august bloom

Lisa Hiley, Williamstown, Massachusetts

pink roses august bloom

I’ve transplanted this little rosebush at least 3 times and it just keeps on blooming.

hibiscus august bloom

It’s not a native, but I couldn’t resist this beautiful hibiscus from the grocery store.

bouquet of blooms august

A Bloom Day bouquet

Emily Spiegelman, Wendell, Massachusetts

dahlia japanese bishop

The first of my dahlias to bloom this year: Japanese Bishop

cabbage white butterfly on zinnia

I know they’re pests, but I love how perfectly this small cabbage white butterfly matches the zinnia she landed on.

unfurling sunflower

Sunflower, half-and-half

Storey Digital Editors

We are the staff at Storey Publishing — the crafters, cooks, brewers, builders, homesteaders, gardeners, and all-around DIY-ers who make Storey books.

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