Just the name Montauk evokes images of summers at the shore. And yet it is OCTOBER and while all my other perennials are dead or need to be dead-headed, there are two bushes of Montauk daisies that have just bloomed. They are my Indian summer perennials that help the summer linger just a little longer before my garden gets put to bed for its long winter sleep. I took cuttings from my girlfriend’s yard who has taken cuttings from mine. Two years ago, you could barely see them above the ground. Last year, they grew but did not flower. NOW there they stand, a pop of summer amidst the brown. They are the highlight of my fall garden and I thank them every morning when I look out and see them bloom when all the others have faded.
I started this perennial garden in 2002 – the summer after 9/11. Sixteen years later – and this is what it looks like. This is the first time that ALL THE FLOWERS BLOOMED SIMULTANEOUSLY. I call it my Garden Symphony!