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Tuesday, October 26, 2010
October Favorites: Bridal Veil
Before we get to the Bridal Veil could we have a quick look at the Clerodendrum ugandese blue butterfly?
It is a sprawling perennial shrub that blooms continuously from late summer through the autumn season. Nectaring critters are frequent admirers along with me.
What's newly opening her pendulous white blooms this month is the Clerodendrum wallichii Bridal Veil. She is tucked away in partial shade under the oak trees creating a wonderful fall blooming treasure in the garden.
Salvia madrensis or Forsithia sage is setting buds and blooms are beginning to burst open from the top and sides of 10' tall square stems. It is a giant of a plant.
Spring/summer I dug up and transplanted starts from the spreading clump in the front garden to additional locations in the garden.
There isn't a single quality I don't favor about the Cassia Alata. So cheery-golden and full of desire for winged creatures.
A favorite last month and this month it makes the list easily. False blue ginger ~~ a fabulous fall bloomer.
With a plethora of bottlebrush-like blooms the Agastache x 'Black Adder' carries its share of the load adding color and critter attraction from spring to fall. I'm loving these plants more each season.
Muhlenbergia capillaris Muhly Grass remains the autumn-star in the sunniest corner at Hoe and Shovel.
The zinnias in the vegetable garden really must be pulled out (soon - like yesterday)to make room for the rest of the cool-weather seeds that need to be sown.
It would surely help to know the sweet, fuzzy bumbles will find some soft petals elsewhere to sleep.
Dangling clusters of begonia flowers from stiff stalks of angel-wing (or is it dragon wing) begonias are flushing back out after retreating from the high summer temps.
These are in containers along the front walkway. These tough tropicals can also be enjoyed as ground plants in other areas of the garden.
It's time to give the Plectranthus ‘Mona Lavender’a soft shearing across the top. One last photo just prior. It won't take long for them to flush back out with their delicate-appearing purple blooms that contrast with the wonderfully dark, two-toned foliage it presents.
Celosia seeds given to me by a garden center in north Florida ~~ I had given up hope they had germinated. Fun surprise in the butterfly garden.
On the edges of the butterfly garden and in three more places in the garden our Florida native Hamelia patens firebush blooms from early summer and steadily qualifies as a favorite even in October.
Dietes iridioides African Iris is planted as borders, as fillers, as clumps for middle layers, as accent plants in so many places. Easily divided and adaptable in shade or filtered light this is one of my go-to Florida-Friendly choices. The stark white flowers with lavender and gold accents are a bonus.
It wouldn't be a proper post without a view of my all-time favorite caladiums still adding lots of impact to the gardens. Have I mentioned lately how very fond I am of these heart-shaped clusters of showy foliage? Oh. Well. I'm glad I remembered to bring it up ... just one more time.
Callicarpa americana beautyberry is especially rich with deep magenta berries all tightly clustered along the long draping stems. More of these Florida natives were added to the SE side of the way-back gardens this summer.
Speaking of berries. I'm partiularly fond of just about any plant that produces berries. Belamcanda chinensis blackberry lilies get their name from the berries that appear once the flowers have gone to seed.
Love every phase of these great plants!
The cooling down night temps allow for the Lobularia maritima sweet alyssum to flourish happily. They prefer our autumn/winter/spring ~~ much like this gardener.
Be sure to scoot on over to Susan's at Simply Susan to see what she has posted as her favorites this month. And check out the other participants while you're there.