For those of you who play by the rules, yesterday, October 15th, was actually Garden Bloggers Bloomday. I'm late...c'est la vie! If you haven't already done so visit May Dreams Gardens for links to all the bloggers who posted for Bloomday.
To kick things off here's one of my traditional late summer/early autumn flowers, Clematis tibetana var. vernayi. Unlike some of the more fancy-pants Clematis I've purchased recently this one just keeps on blooming, year after year, no matter what. Thank you.
Next to it is Schefflera delavayi, getting its bloom on...
Another Aralia, or at least a cross with an Aralia, x Fatshedera lizei 'Annemieke'. First with the fall color of a Virginia Creeper...
And a close-up.
The Mahonia...this one is M. fortunei 'Curlyque'...
M. x media 'Charity'
It's just getting started.
M. eurybracteata 'Soft Caress'
Not a flower — but just as bright — the ripening fruit of the Poncirus trifoliata.
A first for blooms, Leucosceptrum japonicum 'Mountain Madness'.
Ditto (a first) flowers on my Impatiens omeiana.
Couldn't resist doing a shot looking up.
Once again the Tetrapanax papyrifer begins its race to bloom before the first frost...who will win? The Tetrapanax, or Mr. Frost?
Persicaria microcephala ‘Red Dragon’, which has faded to green.
NOID Rosemary, which has been blooming forever!
The end of the Bougainvillea × buttiana 'Barbara Karst' flowers.
Ditto for the Hesperaloe parviflora, but don't tell that to the hummingbird that still keeps visiting it every single day.
There must still be goodness in there, because she works the whole thing over, sits in the Edgeworthia for a bit and rests, and then starts all over again.
Nicotiana (not the one I thought I was buying, but very florific) and Bomarea sp. — notice how they're trying to win me over to the combination of orange and pink...
I've been trying to get a shot like this all summer. I love the way the orange Anigozanthos looks with the Brachyglottis greyi (Senecio greyi). It's still not exactly what my eye sees, but it's the closest I've gotten.
Right now, when they fade to this dark purple color (with bits of fuchsia) is the only time I appreciate the neighbor's Hydrangea, which grow next to our driveway.
Finally a NOID succulent that recently came inside for warmer temps and less rain. It's getting a little respite by the kitchen sink, since it's blooming. Happy October Bloomday!
Weather Diary, Oct 15: Hi 67, Low 38/ Precip 0
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