My other asters are a little slower. They still look like this:
Next to these darker purple asters, I have some goldenrod, which is also just opening.
It's a very lacy goldenrod.
This is a dry well my husband made off the front porch, to take water from a gutter. I love the way this looks, and it works really well. This summer we added some rounded beach rocks from the Lost Coast of California, where we vacationed. It's surrounded by hostas that are beginning to bloom.
I have a few plants that arrived recently to still put in the ground --some ground cover sedum, some orange yarrow, and a catmint. It had been very dry, but we got a good soaking rain today, so the ground should be good for planting over the next few days. There are also a few things I'd like to divide --hopefully I'll get to them before it gets cold.