Not much is new , and the garden is trudging along at its own pace. Temperatures have dropped for now, but I don’t think summer is over quite yet. Even so, this blissful respite seems to have all living things breathing a sigh of relief.
Last month, the Anisacanthus (or Hummingbird bush) started to bloom – this month it is covered! Not only that, it generously shares all the spent flowers.
Here a nearby Corokia cotoneaster has broken their fall, and they have gotten caught up in its webby branching structure. Love it!
One of its flowers caught by a barely visible spider’s thread.
It looks frozen in time and space.
Zauschneria – another hummingbird favorite.
A Salvia I forgot the name of, but the bright orange-red assures me it’s a keeper. UPDATE: Okay, so I checked – this is Salvia greggii ‘Flame’.
Yet another Salvia – this one is more of a raspberry red.
Grevillea ‘Red Sprite’ is at it again! I’m astounded by this plant. It has bloomed off and on all year long. There aren’t a lot of flowers on it now, but there are some, and I’m grateful for each one. This is most definitely elbowing itself into a spot on my Top 10 list.
The Abutilon I thought I had lost is humoring me with more flowers.
The leaves have not come back, but it does have several new buds. It made me very happy to see that.
This Fuchsia ‘Millennium’ didn’t do much this year, probably because I forgot to water it. The lower temperatures we’ve enjoyed for the last week has been good for it, it seems. I’m going to move this one to where I can see it, so I won’t forget again…
An annual Ipomea I rescued from work.
I like its little buds too.
Rosa ‘Twilight Zone’ – fabulous purple, fragrant blooms, but needs a better spot, and I see some blackspot on its leaves. Maybe I’ll stick it in the hellstrip with the Hot Cocoa. It has shown a huge improvement since being moved. In fact, because of the Hot Cocoa’s performance this year, I now understand why some people love roses. Maybe a little more hardship will make this one perform as well.
Ornamental oregano ‘
Purple Amethyst Falls’ draping over the edge of a planter.
Clematis durandii rambling through a Hebe, with a houseplant palm in the background.
Housed in the planter with my Dwarf Elm is Liriope ‘Royal purple’ and a dwarf Acorus.
This one – a Thunbergia grandiflora – was sold as “blue”. Don’t know about you, but I’d call that purple. I still like it, though.
Especially when the light hits it right. I like the fuzzy buds even more than I like the flowers.
False hemp or Datisca cannabina – close-up of their long, dangly flowers. Or, by now, it looks like they are setting seed.
The Callistemon viridiflora is producing more buds. I had a flower earlier – I was as proud as can be!
The golden yellow of the Bronze fennel flowers look so good against its wispy black foliage.
Hydrangea ‘Little Lime’ is happier now that it is finally in the ground.
Lastly, the bud of a mystery plant that are coming up all over the side yard. I know I planted them, but I forget what they are. I’m thinking they might be Nerine lilies, but can’t remember. I suppose by next Bloom Day, we’ll know…
Head over to Carol at May Dreams Gardens to see what is blooming in gardens across the globe. Thanks for hosting, Carol!