Friday, October 14, 2011
October GBBD - Town Mouse
There's been a bit of craziness with the weather in the last few weeks. First, a really good rainstorm. Then a few nice days. Then a drizzly day. And now temperatures in the 80s, much warmer than most of the summer. It's really a small miracle the plants are hanging in there. But the garden doesn't look bad at all. Let's have a look.
Above, the California native Abutilon palmeri, which I planted about 2 weeks ago. The yellow flowers are very popular with the local pollinators, and I'm hoping this plant will work out because it's hard to find native fall bloomers.
Of course there's always Epilobium, the California fuchsia, now in its third month. It took a bit of a beating in the rainstorm, and I had to stake half of the plants. But the hummingbirds are enjoying the red blossoms so much that I'm finding it worth the trouble.
When I bought the Abutilon at the nursery, I could not resist the asters. 2 for $3, it was such a bargain and the bees showed up immediately.
Bees also congregate at the rosemary, which is still in full bloom.
I'm also happy that the fall blooming camelia is putting on a show again.
And Correa, from Australia, is fortunately again confused about the season and blooming in the Australian spring (which is our fall). I appreciate this plant that reliably brings some color in the garden and gets by with very little water.
The native goldenrod is finally coming into its own and adding a splash of color in front of the Mulenbergia rigens (deer grass).
Also blooming are two other native buckwheats, Lessingia 'Silver carpet', autumn sage, and some of the coral bells. As I said, not bad, considering the weather craziness.
And now I'll head over to Carol at May Dreams Gardens, where I'm hoping to find the links to many other gardens and their late fall blooms. Won't you join me?