October 2021 late fall blooms

As the weather gets ever closer to the nighttime frost, the blooms continue to claim the above freezing time. Here are several things that are still going in the garden.

These cosmos seeds grew into plants so late I was convinced they wouldn’t make it to blooming. But they have just started.

The walnut trees are blazing with turning leaves.

The yarrow has had a second life. I had cut it back as it died off in the heat of August. But now it is fully back and even blooming again.

The roses are showing no signs of recognizing the coming frost.

July 2021 imminent blooms and a trip

I am leaving to go on a road trip and I am particularly noticing the things in the garden that are very close to blooming. I won’t be gone that long, but given that things change every single day I am sure there are some moments I will miss. But I am looking forward to seeing some different landscapes and some friends I haven’t seen in a while.

This bed is changing a lot (partly because tomatoes really do change so quickly). And I expect these moss roses will be spectacular when I return.

Here are several things that are about to bloom or are just starting up.

Love lies bleeding
poppy
Four o clocks … or as the poets of the 17C called it: marvel of Peru
zinnias partly underway
rudbeckia
two potted lantana, above and below

So I will have to do a comparison when I return –or maybe I will have some updates from the garden while I am away. Meanwhile the kitties are saying, “You are doing WHAT?”

Milton, disapproving and accusing; Caramel, resigned.
Cousin, disappointed.

June 2021 Rudbeckia, eggplant blooms, and feverfew

The eggplant are blooming; the plants look very sturdy and able to handle some fruits. I have two different kinds of eggplant (aubergine) planted. And the rudbeckia are really taking off.

And the feverfew is blooming. I love these delicate little daisy-like flowers. They are a sturdy plant that handles the wind. It is a vigorous re-seeder, but also comes back from sturdy roots as a perennial. It does have medicinal uses against migraines, but I haven’t used it for that.

Cousin looks a bit sly here with his side-eye and scratched nose. He was snuggled in getting some pets.