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
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.
Heather Tietgens, Stamford, Vermont
Debbie Surdam, Hoosick, New York
Andrea Herbst, Andover, Minnesota
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!