Indian Summer?

After an extended rainy period that had me foreseeing the end of summer, yesterday afternoon was beautiful, as reflected in this backlit dahlia:

Backlit Dahlia

I can’t ever remember the dahlias looking better than they did yesterday at the Pt Defiance Garden, and, though I’m not particularly fond of the huge, showy dahlias, I couldn’t resist taking this shot

Orange Dahlia

of a dahlia that was nearly the size of my head.

The ball dahlias were out in full force, too.

Purple Ball Dahlia

And, though several of the roses seem damaged by recent heavy rains, some actually seemed revived by it, with new roses appearing everywhere refusing to be overshadowed by the nearby dahlia garden.

Red and Orange Rose