Wow! I haven't posted in a month! Here's what was blooming on October 15 in my humble little garden.
First off -- if anyone can identify this mystery plant, please do! I can't recall if this is a passalong plant, or if the birds planted it. Yes, the pink and the yellow blooms are on the same plant.
I'm so pleased with this 'Sapphire Showers' duranta. I saw one like it in Diana's garden (she of Sharing Nature's Garden), and knew I had to possess one for my very own. I just planted mine this spring, and it's already five feet high with oodles of blooms.
'Buff Beauty' rose has two glorious blooms. It's only its second year in this spot, so I'm hoping for more blooms this spring.
'Old Blush' is finishing up its fall flush of blooms. Despite El Niño's rains and a relatively mild summer (very few days over 100 degrees), all the roses looked a bit peaked by summer's end. I cut them all back by a third last month, and Jack treated them all to a nice thick layer of Lady Bug Rose Magic Soil last week. I'll follow up with some liquid seaweed and perhaps some compost tea in a few weeks.
A close-up of the delicate 'Old Blush' blossoms.
'Bright Lights' cosmos is back in full force. The blooms don't ever really get going until the fall. The stems are seven feet tall and can get as thick as bamboo. It attracts lots of bees and butterflies, and provides a welcome screen for the patio.
Finally, I'm posting this shot of a chenille plant I received as a gift, because I love the contrast of the fuzzy red blooms against the blue fall sky, and I'm so proud of it for resurrecting itself despite my neglect. It had completely died back by the end of this summer, and I was seconds away from tossing it in the compost pile when I noticed a little sprig of green. A few deep waterings and some cool fall nights brought it back from the dead.
Thanks as always to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Visit her site and see what's blooming all over the world!
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