The cooler days and nights with highs in the 60’s has rejuvenated us all. Plus a few misty days and overcast skies has relieved all plant life from being attacked by harsh sunlight.
So I’m taking a break from the Arkansas posts to show what’s happening in the yard.
Most of the Bluemist Flowers have faded but these are full and fluffy – reminds me of tiny pompoms.
Potted Bougainvillea’s colors have deepened and are a tropical delight to enjoy.
Even the Russian Sage has more blooms.
Some flowers are bravely hanging onto an old-fashioned Geranium. Wind gusts have been high lately.
Salvia Greggi in a pot provides bright color.
Boston Ferns in the back with a large Kalanchoe in front are massed in a corner by the house. In front is Coleus and an Airplane or Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum).
The Coleus came from cuttings from a friend. I’ve already taken cuttings inside to create another pot next year. They will root in water and still make a pretty decoration while doing so. Also, I may need them to start again next spring since I don’t know how well this will survive in the house this winter.
The Spider Plant has been in this pot for years. They prefer to be root bound. Everything in this picture was a pass along plant except the ferns. And those come from the original two that I bought, which have been divided many times over the years.
Rock Rose (Pavonia lasiopetala) has a few blooms.
Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha) has lost most of its leaves but still has some wonderful velvet blossoms.
The one I had last year did not make it through the winter. So I’ve taken some cuttings and hope they will root in case a freeze does this one in.
Gray Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea incana) still has a few flowers, which surprised me. I consider this was a hot weather bloomer.
This little bee was flitting back and forth searching for an open bud. Since this picture was taken many flowers have opened.
Gray santolina or lavender cotton (S. chamaecyparissus) has some interesting characteristics. It grows tight with little space between its branches. I like the rounded shape and love the soft texture of it. There aren’t many plants that I touch as I pass by, but this is one.
Cooper Canyon Daisy (Tagetes lemmonii) has its main blooming in late fall with a less spectacular blooming in the spring. It is drought tolerant and one tough cookie once established.
This daisy is a Texas native that is found only in nurseries that carry natives. I found it at Natives of Texas in Kerrville. An odd quirk of this plant is its smell. It stinks and reminds me of kerosene. That made for bit of a smelly car on the way home from Kerrville. But a plus is that deer stay away from it.
Cool days, some rain, and long lasting flowers make autumn, when we have it, special.
“Autumn’s the mellow time.” William Allingham