There's still a fair amount of color in the garden, thanks to the unseasonably warm fall we're having. Over the weekend, we broke an old record high temperature. Sunday's previous record high was 83° and we reached 87°!
Though we had a couple of light frosts at the beginning of the month, we've yet to have anything that was damaging to any of the plants. Some of the perennials have foliage that is turning yellow, but others seem as if they are laughing in the face of the approaching cold weather. I snapped some photos of many of the blooming beauties still present.
Endless Summer Hydrangea macrophylla 'Blushing Bride' was my best bloomer of the hydrangeas this summer. It truly was always in bloom, as was my original Endless Summer 'Bailmer'. This bloom just opened this week! You can see earlier blooms that have turned papery and pink on the same plant.
Other plants in bloom at the moment are:
- Verbena bonariensis
- African Daisies (Osteospermum)
- Wave™ Petunias
- Gaillardia (several different cultivars)
- Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias currasavica)
- Roses - 'Cinco de Mayo', 'Lavaglut', 'About Face', 'Memorial Day', several miniatures
- Geum coccineum 'Cooky'
- Morning Glories 'Chocolate' and 'Blue Star'
- Seed dahlias
- Oxalis deppei
- Pelargonium 'Mr. Wren' and 'Red Happy Thoughts'
- Chinese Forget-Me-Not (Cynoglossum amabile)
- Lavender (Lavandula)
- Zinnia angustifolia
- Zinnia 'Profusion Apricot' and 'Profusion Fire'
- Zinnia 'Chippendale'
- Cosmos sulphureus
- Corydalis 'Berry Exciting'
- Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana)
- Annual Candytuft (Iberis umbellata)
- Cleome (self-seeded plants from those grown two years ago!)
- Bachelor's Button (Centaurea cyanus)
- Globe Amaranth (Gomphrena globosa)
- German Catchfly (Viscaria oculata)
- Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
- Sweet Pea
- Tropical Hibiscus
- Heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens 'Fragrant Delight')
- Love-in-a-Puff (Cardiospermum halicacabum)
- Love-in-a-Mist (Nigella damascena)
Somehow, I have a feeling that next month the garden won't be as freely giving of its blooms. But for now, we'll enjoy the bounty!