I had to wait for someone at the grocery store so I photographed the flowers.
I’m not a fan of the cut flower industry since most are grown with huge amounts of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in countries that have lax environmental standards for such things, and transported here using a huge carbon footprint for jet fuel and trucking. A few stores, Trader Joe’s being one, sell Rain Forest Alliance certified flowers. I find them even more beautiful.
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They are just beginning to bloom after the drought, but the autumn colors are showing in purples and yellows. Here the spikes of purple loosestrife (an invasive annual best cut for presentation in a vase so the seeds don’t spread), and Queen Anne’s Lace, flower heads diminished after the heat with aromatic wormwood mix with everyday hybrids geraniums, impatiens and lobelia and my vintage phlox.