I took these pictures this morning, before getting in the car for the 7 1/2 hour drive to Boston. The garden always has a down time in late July and early August. The daylilies and goosefeather are finished, the black-eyed susans are fading, the annuals look weary in the heat, and I like the goldfinches and other birds so much that I don't try to stop from from picking apart the sunflowers and the large zinnias. I also always fall behind on the deadheading and weeding around vacation time.
But it has a rough kind of charm in this overgrown state, and it comes back to glory in the fall when the chrysanthemums and cosmos bloom.