The meander into autumn seems to be accelerating into a gallop. Many of the summer bloomers are fizzling out with only the true stalwarts, such as hesperantha, asters and dahlias, holding firm. In the space of a week, the gardens in these parts are shifting from full flowering attack to a half-hearted last rally. Many flowers, such as heleniums, phlox and rudbeckias, are slowing to a trickle. We are betwixt and between. This is not a complaint, it is a beautiful time of the year, especially when the sun is shining. And there is so much to do, there is little time for smelling the roses or gawping at the pretty flowers!