When we moved into our house a couple years ago it already had a well-established perennial garden. Though we've moved things around a bit, we've preserved most of the flowers. About a week ago, the asters started to bloom. This year they seem especially lovely. Maybe they're thanking us for the mulching and watering all summer long? It's always a little sad when the asters appear since they also signal the end of summer. But they sure make the final weeks worth waiting for.