One more time Jane has forced me to look at the garden with new eyes. Initially I saw a wasteland needing deadheading, weeding, and general clean-up everywhere. But why do we plant flowers? Because when we need them the most, they ... bloom!
For the dining room table we have a few more tiny roses, a few zinnias, some early lady's mantle, one sprig of "black and blue" salvia, and two buddelias - the dark one is 'Black Knight', but the light one is a volunteer. (I do wonder if it is a throwback to one of the parents of 'Black Knight'. It seems to be the same color, but a much lighter shade. They are on opposite sides of the pond, and look great together.)
Then to cheer me when I sit and read, the last hydrangea of summer. (That sounds like a good title for an historical novel.)
The bloom is lovely even if the leaves are not so pretty any more.
If you haven't already been there, please stop by Jane's place (Small But Charming) and see all the really pretty flowers other folks have today.