This is probably the penultimate mowing for the season. A lot of the annual grass on the medians has already called it quits. The last mowing will probably be in early November when the group does a Fall cleanup.
As you can see from the photos below, the roses are still going strong. In fact, they all have set bunches of new buds. They'll probably keep flowering right up to the first killing frost. The rest of the garden is definitely moving into fall mode. The Sedum Autum Joy is starting to stand out. The Perovskia (Russian Sage) will stay with us well into winter. It's silver stems and pale purple blooms make an interesting counterpoint to the roses.
Last night we went to Wesleyan to see Sudha Raghunathan, a very famous Karnatic (South Indian) classical singer. She and her group performed for over three hours without a break. I could tell that Sudha was very skilled -- had great technique and amazing vocal range and control -- but the performance just didn't grab me. My usual state of concert-going bliss eluded me. Instead of being taken in and lost in the music I found my attention wandering far and wide. She was very good, as evidenced by the audiences' rapt attention and exultant applause, but just wasn't my cup of tea.
On the up-side, I did get a bunch of think-time in on the game I'm running for ashacat and matociquala. As it's a horror/conspiracy game, there was a rather stark contrast between what was going on on the stage and what was going on inside my head. :-)