- The lavender has decided to bloom again, giving the possibility of sweet scents through the winter.
- The cosmos, which limped along in our nearly-sterile yellow clay all summer, have all decided to bloom at once.
- Coleus aren't flowers (or at least, the flowers aren't what I like about them), but all three varieties in our porch pots this year continue to be spectacular.
- Most of the rudbeckia have gone to seed, but several of the old-fashioned black-eyed susans have thrown out their endlessly cheerful, bright-yellow blossoms, keeping company with late gaillardia (which are going enthusiastically to seed, giving the hope of more to come next year).
- The snapdragons continue to send up spikes in pink, burgundy, yellow, and white, and last forever in vases.
- The deep coral-red hummingbird mint planted only this summer continues to bloom.
- Salvia "Hummingbird Coral," lantana, and sedum make a symphony of pinks that go nicely with the burgundy-leafed physocarpus in the streetside garden.
- And one last gaura has sent up a flower spike, which sits cheerfully on the table next to my chair.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
The last flowers of summer
For the last few days, we've been threatened with frost, and I thought I saw some on the grass early yesterday morning, but a few last flowers have been carrying bravely on even after the goldenrod and asters have called it quits for the year. This afternoon, I cut with abandon and now have bouquets for the house.