As an example, I briefly considered this more natural vista of wild goldenrod on the prairie. I got lucky with an early morning mist for this picture, taken across my neighbor's pasture. This golden, unplanned field is composed of a mix of native goldenrod species, including Downy Goldenrod (Solidago petiolaris), Rigid Goldenrod (Solidago rigida), and the ubiquitous Missouri Goldenrod (Solidago missouriensis).
When I think of a Fall garden, I often think of rose hips, so a recent picture of Rosa eglanteria hips appealed to me on a closeup level. Orange skin and wicked curved barbs, rose hips hold the essence of the fading sunlight.
And for a pure late summer flower show, nothing rivals Hydrangea paniculata in the Flint Hills. This cultivar is 'Limelight', no less interesting in late summer for the browning, drying petals, their demise hastened by the drought which still lingers. Seeing this, I remember why they're popular subjects for dried flower arrangements.
|Roush GGW September Entry 'Goodbye Summer Harvest'|
(Rats, it's been automatically compressed because it is so large....really, the leaves look great in full size!)