Even though the temperature hasn't indicated it, fall is here and plants are beginning to prepare themselves for winter. At least what passes for winter here in subtropical zone 9a.
We still have a few things blooming, so let's get right to that.
|If it's October, then the goldenrod must be blooming.|
|And the yellow-orange marigolds are hanging in there.|
|My chrysanthemums, on the other hand, have been slow to get started this year.|
|Blue daze (Evolvulus glomeratus) is at its best in autumn.|
|October also brings some late blooms from 'Darcy Bussell' rose.|
|And from my ancient 'Caldwell Pink' polyantha.|
|Blue plumbago continues to be my most reliable bloomer throughout all the summer and autumn until first frost.|
|Shrimp plant is beginning to bloom well.|
|Hamelia patens, aka "hummingbird bush" or "Mexican firebush," is covered in the little red blossoms that attract the hummers.|
|'Black and Blue' salvia.|
|Red kalanchoe blooms in a pot on the patio table.|
|Texas sage ( Leucophyllum frutescus) normally blooms in response to rain, which we haven't had in a while, but this one is responding to receiving water from a sprinkler.|
|Jatropha. (Again, those drops of water are from the sprinkler - no rain.)|
|The coral vine continues to be a bee buffet.|
|Firecracker fern is still blooming in its pot on the patio.|
|Anisacanthus wrightii, another hummingbird and butterfly magnet, is beginning to bloom.|
|Justicia 'Orange Flame' is a very well-named plant.|
|As is firespike (Odontonema strictum).|
Thank you for visiting my garden this month and thank you to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting us. Happy Bloom Day!