I have decided to submit an entry to a GGW Picture This Photo contest whose theme this month is "Late Summer Garden". This is a time when my garden is still full of color, yet most summer-blooming perennials and shrubs are already past their prime. This morning, when I came out and saw these beautiful wine-colored petals of Basye's Purple Rose scattered on the retaining wall under the last flowers of my California native penstemon, the shot was decided for me. Summer is almost a memory already.
Below is another late summer shot, a close-up of blooms on a hydrangea paniculata. I love them for their fragrance and for their gentle colors which slowly change from a mid-summer's pure white, to a rusty green of fall, to a dry brown of winter. I hope you like them.