Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - October 2016
What's blooming in my zone 9a garden on this October Bloom Day? Here's a sample.
Convolvulus 'Blue Daze' has been in bloom all summer and now well into the fall.
'Molineux,' a David Austin rose, is at its best in the fall.
Red cypress vine, an old-fashioned plant that is a favorite of butterflies and hummingbirds.
This purple porterweed is being visited by a Long-tailed Skipper butterfly.
Bronze Esperanza is still in bloom.
As is its yellow cousin, popularly known as "yellowbells." If you are guessing that this plant is a member of the very large pea family, you are correct. The family resemblance is right there.
'Cashmere Bouquet' clerodendrum.
Tithonia, aka Mexican sunflowers, are visited almost constantly throughout the day by butterflies like this Gulf Fritillary.
The blooms of the almond verbena are not particularly showy but their heavenly scent permeates the part of the garden where the plant lives, especially in the late afternoon.
Well, they aren't blooms but the fruits of the ornamental peppers are colorful.
Duranta erecta, golden dewdrops, continues to bloom.
'Lucifer' canna blooms bring a bit of fire to their spot in the garden.
Butterfly ginger, more blooms that perfume the garden with a wonderful scent.
Cephalanthus occidentalis, aka buttonbush, a native plant much loved by butterflies.
Cape honeysuckle offers its orange blossoms to migrating hummingbirds.
'Black and blue' salvia is a favorite of mine.
And I do love the weird little blossoms of the shrimp plant, Justicia brandegeeana.
Firespike is an autumn bloomer that is coming along a bit late this year. So far, it only has buds. Its long-lasting flowers should still be with us on November's Bloom Day.
The Justicia 'Orange Flame,' though, has been in bloom all summer and continues to send out its "flames."
The blooms of Texas sage, Leucophyllum frutescens, are triggered by rainfall, and it doesn't take much. Earlier this week, we got a brief shower of a few hundredths of an inch. Next day the shrub was covered in these flowers.
My old species canna continues to send out blooms regularly.
The purple beautyberries await the attention of the mockingbirds and robins that love them.
Pink coral vine graces this garden fence with its blooms.
A few cosmos blooms continue to brighten their corner of the garden.
But on the muscadine vines, the grapes are beginning to turn color, confirming that autumn really has arrived and many of this month's blooming plants will soon be ready for a rest.
Don't forget to visit our host, Carol of May Dreams Gardens, to see the list of other bloggers participating in this Bloom Day and thank you for taking the time to visit my garden.
Happy Bloom Day!