Earlier this week I took a walk around town with my camera. Though the growing season is coming to an end, and Irene definitely took its toll along the shore, many homes' gardens were still quite colorful. Above, a beautiful salmon-colored rose.
Wild Asters along the side of the road. There is a lavender variety as well as this bright white version, blooming this time of year.
Pink tea roses still flowering in front of one of the banks downtown.
I'm not sure what' the name of this shrub is with red berries. It's not a Holly, which have "berried" by now, too. Hollies have very shiny, dark green leaves with "points" on them, and these were a normal medium green, soft to the touch. The entire 6-foot shrub was covered in red berries.
A really pretty yellow rose. The "hips" where earlier flowers had bloomed and fallen off were really that purplish/aqua color. So distinctive!
Purple coneflowers in three stages of flowering. This plant is also known as echinacea, a medicinal herbal supplement.
Hibiscus in a very pretty salmon hue. Most of the ones around town are bright pink; these were more subtle. Well, as subtle as 6-inch wide flowers that look like they just stepped out of a fairy tale can be!
These "backhouse" flowers are planted at the base of a stop sign! I don't know their real name, but they were frequently planted around colonial outhouses, or backhouses, because they can grow to a height of 6 feet tall, thus hiding the outdoor privies.
A small clump of mini-carnations (Dianthus) was still blooming in mid September. They are usually late spring flowers. Mine have been done flowering since June. I was surprised to find these abloom!
Another beautiful rose, just about the "last rose of summer." Unlike many townspeople that seem to feel you are invading their privacy if you photograph their flowers (from the road, no less!), the woman whose garden this rose was in couldn't have been nicer, coming out to talk to me about gardening and photography. This rose had a gorgeous aroma, unlike the salmon rose at the top of this post, which had no scent at all.
A particularly nice shade of dusty pink autumn sedums. Bees absolutely love these flowers. I have some in my yard, and at this time of year, they are covered in honeybees.