For us near Johnson City, New York (zone 5b) it's been a hotter than normal summer. Days over 90 are not that common here, and we've had several. On top of that, we are in a drought.
Despite the drought, some plants are responding to the heat with bursts of flowers.
Like my cosmos, for example. One plant (not this one!) is close to eight feet tall.
Garlic chives are steady performers, year in and year out.
Our dahlias are having a record year. This is my one dependable bloomer, given to me by a work friend many years ago.
Also for the first time, we are growing lobelia.
As is the purple aster in my front yard starting to open its blooms.
In the back, the Japanese anemone, another fall perennial, has started to open up.
Fall may not be here on the calendar, but it has arrived in the world of flowers. Soon enough, we in upstate New York will be saying goodbye to our flower gardens, as we are dragged (well, I am dragged) kicking and screaming into winter.
Thanks once again to May Dream Gardens, the host of this monthly meme.
Now, please visit her blog and see what is blooming elsewhere - or, even better, participate.
What is blooming in your world?