Partly it's the cooler and wetter than usual weather we are having has pushed some things to start (and therefore end) earlier than usual. And, partly, I am realizing, it's that I have not done a good job of choosing plants for bloom time. I usually choose by color (any shade of pink or blue, with a bit of pale yellow and white thrown in) or just fall in love with something and plant swaths of it!
The annuals are helping - zinnias going full force right now, as is the one remaining dahlia - but I just have a noticeable "down time" between late July when the day lilies end and September when the fall things start to bloom. The sedums are covered with buds but not ready to start their show and the chrysanthemums are getting fuller by the day.
Pineapple Lily (Ecomis 'Katie'). This needs to be moved to a more visible spot. The monarda totally hid it this year and I nearly missed seeing it.
So, as the catalogs start appearing in the mail box, I am paying more attention to pink (and blue, pale yellow and white) flowers that say "August" in their descriptions.
What could be nicer than watching the seasons come and go in the garden. I hope to retire in about three years and spend more time just digging in the dirt. I'm not a professional gardener, but enjoy putting my hands in the dirt and seeing what happens.
For now, let's enjoy it together!