Has everyone been drawn by the spectacular moon skies these past few nights?
Not a cloud in the sky last night at its fully orbed magnificence lit the entire garden. It was in full sight in the western sky this morning even as the sun had risen .
This week we are realizing a bit of relief from the intense humidity. This is the second little wave of relief we've gotten down here since autumn began. High temps still in the upper 80's and lows in the 70's- even at night- but with drier air outdoor living is much more enjoyable.
What that means for the garden is also a bit of relief. It seems to respond to this time of year with an extremely gradual slow down mostly due to shorter days. The caladiums that have kept us in color all summer are now mostly faded. Most of the impatiens have been cut back but are rapidly making a resurgance since the break from the upper 90's temps. We'll just keep right on growing through the next few months albeit not as profusely as summertime.
With the soil still warm, there are quite a few blooms here and there. Some intense and some sparse. Let's have a look...
Plumbago is definitely still making the biggest show in the back garden. Two hedge rows planted one adjacent to the other towards the back of the property. There they are allowed to get very bushy and tall and no one minds. I dedicated an entire post to this blue beauty a few posts back which you can read here if you'd like to see/know more.
I know I've said it before but ... I'm not a huge fan of orange... in my garden (I am fine with it in yours). Yet as I put together the photos for this post... to my surprise ... there are several orange flowers blooming in my garden right now. I like them all. The hibiscus was a gift and it has bloomed continually all summer and into autumn.
Let's just say all this orange is a tribute to autumn...
The seven foot tall Pagoda plants; Clerodendrum paniculatum are still blooming. They have not stopped since July. You can read more about them here.
Okay we better get this moving along... no more stories... just blooms. Well, I'll try that anyway.
Lantana- very profuse right now. It loves this weather. And the bees and butterflies love this color.
Scarlet Milkweed (for the monarchs- they are with us all year, too).
Anthurium --- can you see it tucked under the ginormous leaves of the elephant ears? I'm not sure of the name of the elephant ears... this is the one that has the deep purple veins on the underside and deep green upperside leaves.
I'm currently very enamored with this container plant.
A closer look at the blooming anthurium moved here after not much luck with it indoors last autumn.
What was it I said about no more back story... I just can't be brief can I?
Salvia Coccinea growing in a container pot next to the veggie garden. This plant was started by poking cuttings into the soil. It just loves to bloom its head off continually.
And ahhhh, the blue ginger. These unique purple blooms stand tall on the top of 6 foot stalks. They've been blooming since the beginning of September. Love them. Love ginger of all kinds.
Diplademia: blooming continually since spring... it'll do even better over the next month since the crape myrtle tree that shades it partially is losing its leaves.
There are more blooms in my side bar. Oh, and my fall tomato plants and blue lake green beans are just beginning to flower. It's good the soil is still warm for them and the sun is shining brightly every day to help them along.
Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for the creation of bloom day. Head on over to her site for lots more garden blogs and to view a vast array of October blooms.
Happy gardening to all bloom day participants ... and visitors! Meems