The summer started out early and garden-friendly.
For a while my zinnias, petunias, and roses were looking so pretty. Then came the scourge of Japanese Beetles and then the hottest driest summer I've ever seen. I had planted a lot of zinnias for the hummingbirds, but this year I attracted the fattest, greediest yellow finches. I saw them several times perched on the zinnias plucking out petals to eat the seeds. It looked like confetti under the zinnia plants after they had finished their Finch Fiestas. After the beetles, finches, heat and drought, even my little gardening "Grand" and other cherubic help were not enough.
Now my last zinnia plants look like this.
I am so ready to Welcome Fall!
Here goes--I'm taking a deep breath and hitting Publish!