Light in August
The light changes in August, and so does the feel of the garden. The days have begun to shorten and the sun is lower in the sky. The light still brings heat, but there is a softening, especially in late afternoon.
This was demonstrated over the weekend as the aptly named Golden Glow (Rudbeckia laciniata) reflected the rays of the setting sun. All those yellow daisies of August seem designed to catch the waning light.
That’s the neighbors’ house in the background, by the way.
Another picture of the Golden Glow, bracketing Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia) and Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium maculatum ‘Gateway’).
The Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum) is also something of a sun worshiper. Perhaps it grows so tall because it wants to be near the light.
Here’s a closer look.
This is an overview of the front garden from the property line. The flowers of ‘Raspberry Wine’ Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) are fading but they still have a nice late-afternoon glow.
Here’s ‘Raspberry Wine’ mingled with Brown-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia triloba).
Grasses also appreciate the August light.
Especially the Northern Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium), with it’s dangling seedheads.
And the Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum), which seems to be standing at attention.
This is the Switchgrass cultivar ‘Shenandoah”. It’s a naturally occurring variety that was discovered in Germany. Some people call it Red Switch Grass.
The blue flower spikes of Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) don’t glow like the yellow and orange summer flowers. Even so, the late afternoon light shows them to good advantage.
Here we are in the middle of August already. We got here so fast that I suspect someone has managed to skip days of the calendar, covertly and without being detected. Speaking for myself, I do not intend to let summer go without a struggle. I’m not above a little pleading and wheedling, even. In any case, I hope you enjoy these last days of the season.
That’s all for now.