~ ~ Notes on the October Garden ~ ~
October is leaving on a rainy note this year ~ which is fine with me since I'm tucked cozily inside my home with a cup of hot tea browsing through the photos of my October garden.
This warm sunny hibiscus flower seemed like a good choice... the perfect color for autumn and of course, Halloween. It takes a good portion of summer for the tropicals to recover and bless us with their blooms. I don't seem to have enough of these in the garden anymore. But they are always cheerful ~ always welcome!
One of the first trees I planted when we built our house was this Golden Rain tree. Why, you might ask since it's a prolific seeder? Well, it's simple! This tree is always one of the first signs (often appearing in late August) that the end of summer is nearing. I'm always excited to see the yellow flowers that appear first and are then quickly followed by...
the salmon colored seed pods. The color is stunning! Especially since we don't have a lot of fall tree color. And, what beautiful blue skies we have in autumn.
I look forward to seeing Sparkling Burgundy camellias in the garden each fall because they bloom so heavily. Sparkling Burgundy is a member of the sasanqua varieties which kick off the camellia season here in Florida.
Who can resist photographing flowers with all the delicate water droplets on them following a rain shower? I know I can't!
Here's another tropical that is back from winter's gloom and doom.
This mandevilla vine is such a pretty bright white that I never tire of seeing or photographing it.
It blooms all summer and looks so pretty paired with the red pineapple sage (below) that starts blooming in autumn and continues right through the winter.
What else is blooming in the October Garden?
The arbor is covered with a pink blooming vine. I'm not sure of the name. The nursery owner said St.Joseph's vine, but I don't know for sure. The island bed is in a fluffy stage...kinda like a "big hair" hairdo (wow...hairdo - that word really dates me, doesn't it?) due to the culmination of a lot of summer growth. The Mexican sage and sweet almond are large and fluffy as is the purple fountain grass.
And, the "wild" area is making sure the hummers and butterflies have plenty to eat.
From left to right ~ Turk's cap, Firespike, Porterweed and native Liatris.
Life's Simple Pleasures
Catching a glimpse of a couple of frisky otters going for an early morning swim in a natural spring in our neighborhood. They are so sweet-looking! A relished site in this tiny piece of "Old Florida" in which we live.
Hope your Halloween is filled with TREATS and not TRICKS!