Sunday, October 28, 2012

Is this spring or fall?

Here's what's been blooming in my garden for the past two weeks. It seems more like spring than fall.   The weather's been fluctuating between hot and cold, wet and dry.   The plants are really confused.  The bur oak is leafing out and putting out catkins, the lime tree is setting fruit, and both fall asters and sunflowers are blooming.  If you would like to know the names of any of theese plants, click on the photo to go to its Flickr page.

Gregg's mistflower,  Conoclinium greggii

Lantana, mistflower, agave

Autumn sage, Mealy Blue Sage, Esperanza

Thyrallis, Mealy Blue Sage, Esperanza

Rock rose, thyrallis, Mealy Blue sage, esperanza

Cherry sage, Indigo Spires

Damianita, blackfoot daisy, salvia

Fall aster

Mexican sunflower, Mexican Bird of Paradise

Herbs and cacti

Bearss lime


'Two Lips' salvia

Roses and salvia in bloom

Japanese eggplant 'Ichiban'

La Marne rose

La Marne and Old Blush rose

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  1. Beautiful pictures! The plants really are confused. My Redbud tree is even blooming.

  2. That's a good question, seems the plants have been tricked into thinking that it just might be spring. The rose photos near the bottom are just beautiful. They have so many blossoms and the blossoms look so petite!

  3. Looking like spring! But isn't fall the 2nd spring in the south (and desert southwest)?

    But the bur oak doing that...weird!

  4. Same strange things here. The Cedar Elms bloomed again. Now their dropping the blooms, along with the leaves.

    We were 31F here this morning. There will be a lot of clean up to do, I'm afraid.

  5. I`ve never seen a year like it. I have Indian Paintbrush blooming here and my daylilies are shooting up !