This month's Bloom Day finds me in grateful appreciation of one of the most entertaining falls I have enjoyed in a long time, but I am not talking about changing leaves, that has only been hinted at here. For one thing, I am talking about all the blooms in my garden right now. Normally by this point things look ragged and exhausted after fighting one of our summers. However, we had more than ample rain during August and September, followed by a spate of weather so nice it made my teeth hurt. Even on our bad weather days, we have been treated to skies more fascinating than television. A friend of mine was remarking on that last night, and she attributed the atmospheric show to global warming. I attributed it to just a greater appreciation of all things in general, that fortunately seems to be one the few benefits of our advancing age.
Let's distract ourselves from this discussion of age before it goes somewhere I don't want to, and let's head into the garden instead. My head has been turned all summer by the Zowie Zinnias (Zinnia elegans 'Zowie'). There have been blooms on them since the day they were planted way back in May.
That last picture introduced another plant I mentioned last month, Roselle Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa). Unlike the Zinnia, it has taken its sweet time to start blooming, but it is now in 5th gear. I am not normally a seed saver, but with this plant I will be making an exception.
Angelonia (Angelonia angustifolia) blossoms have held their mouths open in song all summer long, never asking much beyond a little water when they were putting down roots.
This summer I went to a garden party where plants were exchanged, and I came home with this Aloe, the species I don't know. I crashed an Aloe ID web site trying to look it up. Update: an anonymous commenter identified this as Haworthia limifolia. Thanks!
Our nicer weather has brought new life to the few roses I have. This is 'Hot Cocoa'.
Cuphea x 'David Verity' is listed as hardy for me, but even if it isn't, I will plant it again. Non-stop flowers all summer, and lately the foliage has begun to turn burgundy creating one of my favorite garden color combos with its orange flowers.
Another non-stop bloomer has been Cestrum aurantiaum 'Orange Zest'. This is my first year for this shrub and its second Bloom Day appearance.
I do have some more traditional fall bloomers to show starting with Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha), also seen last month.
Here is Toad Lily (Tricyrtis hirta), which is one of the most camera shy of perennials.
We will end this month's Bloom Day with my only hardy Chrysanthemum, Bolero (Dendranthemum 'Bolero'). I planted this last fall wanting to have a hardy Mum, but not being able to stomach the color or thuggish nature of Sheffields.
So what's entertaining and distracting you this fall; for what are you grateful? Share you answer with the on-line gardening world by taking part in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, which is held on the 15th of each month. I am grateful for our GBBD hostess, Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Stop by and show her some love.