Sometimes I think fall is better than spring. Everything in the garden has become more blousy. There is barely a scrap of earth or gravel to be seen.
I never know from one year to the next how this will look or which flowers will be present-except there will always be plenty of rock roses.
The Salvia leucantha I have been planning to move for years is still there. The hummingbirds are very adept at flying in through the window in the high wall that separates the gardens.
A week ago there was but one bloom on the butterfly pea, Clitoria ternatea. Now there are many. The blackfoot daisy, Melampodium leucanthum, continues to spread across the step.
Ruby crystal grass, Melinis nerviglumis, is flowering. There will be plenty of those again next year.
Globe amaranth, Gomphrena haggeana, 'Strawberry fields' is everywhere.
As are the purple and pink varieties growing in the pathway of the vegetable garden.
The spider zinnia will eventually be evicted from its home in the vegetable bed but I will save the seeds for next year.
In the sunken garden it grew where the white California poppy once grew.
In the sunken garden there are gomhrena, pink and purple skullcaps, aura, mealy blue sage, white Salvia greggii, and an errant member of the cucumber family which came in on the compost.
As well as zexmenia, Wedelia texana, chocolate daisy, Berlandiera lyrata, and returning alyssum.
But the absolute show stoppers of the moment are the liatris in the front courtyard. Purple is definitely the color of the moment.
Last year I removed many of the bulbs and planted them outside the walls. It seems that every seed germinates but they are silent all summer until their bloom time in the fall.
Phlox paniculata John Fanick, After the first flowering I pruned it back and here it is again. Smells wonderful.
Trailing Snapdragon vine, Asarina procumbens is a native of Mexico but seems to do well here as an annual.
Tradescantia sillamontana with its cobweb leaves and pretty pink flowers, easily grown from cuttings.
In the spring I bought a hanging basket because it looked simply gorgeous. I repotted it into a larger basket with baby diapers in the bottom. It was an impulse buy. It has been watered all summer on a drip system twice a day, and received an occasional fertilize. I have cut it back completely about 3 times. It took a beating on one side during the hurricane but is recovering.
The mandevilla vine is into its second year. I cut it down and put it in the potting shed last winter. It dried out and went dormant but started to come back after a good spring soaking. I will try to keep it for another year.
It is wonderful to see so much color back in the garden and there is still the Philippine violet yet to bloom. Soon it will be fall and these icky-sticky days will be a thing of the past!