Tulips and lilacs, crocuses and grape hyacinths of spring have long since bloomed.
Roses are waning.
Peonies have run their course for the year.
So when I see the Brown-Eyed Susans prolifically blooming as I did in the garden last night – I know August is in full bloom.
We stopped for peach shortcakes the other day at a local farm stand. Peach shortcake rather than strawberry shortcake also speaks to late summer fruits being in season.
Anyway – the stand was lined with tall, happy sunflowers.
I echo Shakespeare’s lament in one of his sonnets:
“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.”
The cycle of perennials are hinting at fall.