Even though it’s autumn on the calendar, the weather here is still hot in the daytime with highs in the 90’s. The mornings are cooler, which has perked up some plants. There are still lots of things that are blooming.
The Purple Heart (Tradescantia pallida) has been covered with small flowers for months. Garden designers suggest that wide flowerbeds look more pleasing. And I don’t disagree, but there is a problem. It is harder to reach into those beds and pull weeds. Notice the green weeds. Longer arms might allow me to pull them out with roots, but I can only break off the tops.
In February of 2014 I bought a miniature Kordana rose at the grocery store. I posted a picture and commented that it probably wouldn’t survive the winter outside.
Here’s another pot on the back porch that has been here for nine years. I keep meaning to plant some directly into a flowerbed. If they survive the winter in pots, surely they’d do well in the ground.
In front of the Sedum is a Purple Leaf Shamrock (Oxalis regnellii), which has also been in that pot for years. I do take that into a heated shed for the winter.
Finally, the Duranta bush (Duranta erecta) has more blooms, although not as many as some years. The red clay pots under it were my solution to lift the branches up off the ground so I could mow beside them. In this case, a wider flowerbed would have been better.
I think I have finally identified this bush – Cassia, Winter Cassia, or Butterfly Bush (Cassia bicapsularis). I have guessed that it is Senna or Thryallis but have never been certain. But I finally found a picture on the internet that seemed to match.
Beside that is a Flame Acanthus (Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii). If you want something that multiples, here’s your plant.
Cooler days are ahead. In the meantime, the crisp mornings are great.
“It isn’t the burdens of today that drive men mad. It’s the regrets over yesterday. And the fear of tomorrow. Regret and fear are twin thieves that rob us of today.” Robert Hastings