Friday 30 October 2009 - Filed under Plants
Last weekend I went out to gaze at all the leaves I really should be raking, and found Brugmansia whiskers had put on a fresh new flush of huge leaves, and was positively dripping with newly opened flowers. Really, we have it so good here in Portland, it’s practically November, and summer is still hanging on.
The flower show isn’t over yet, just because November is around the corner. Here are some other late flowers.
Some of the euphorbia, planted at the same time I was losing my plant tags, is freshly blooming now. I’ve also left some of the old blooms on my E. blackbird (no picture of that one), which still looks good.
The flowers of the variegated lacecap hydrangea bloomed long ago in the spring, but the flowers persist all season, changing colors along the way. They end up green and pink before turning brown. I leave them on all year, and save the deadheading for next spring, when I can see the new flower buds emerge, so I don’t accidentally cut off next year’s flowers.
Technically not a new bloom, but spent bloom of the rodgersia is still hanging on, since MAY! That makes it more than half the year that this flower stalk has been here. I don’t grow it for the flowers, but at this point, I think the flower has earned it’s keep. I’m just waiting to see how long it’s going to stick it out.
Racing with the clock, the succulent possibly mis-tagged when I got it – as echeveria lola – is JUST about to open its flowers. It would probably have bloomed earlier if I had a sunnier spot to offer it. I expect I’ll see a few flowers before the weather turns cold enough at night that I bring it in for the winter.
I don’t make a point of growing flowers, so the ones in my yard are just happy accidents. I’m sure I’m missing many good ones. What’s still blooming in your garden?
2009-10-30 » megan