Our temperatures have been warm and there has yet to have been a nights that is close to imposing the first frost, an event that seems to come later and later the last few years. What we truly need is the first rain, and while there is some slight chance of rain for our far north coast late this week it does not seem to be on the agenda for wine country.
Nevertheless, the garden always gives and there are a few floral gifts still to be had.
Clematis Arabella will keep blooming until frost, and this years summer cut-back experiment was a success. Clematis foliage can get a bit ratty here in mid-summer, so I decided to try some modest pruning, and as you can see by the fresh green of the leaves in this photo all turned out well.
The roses are putting forth what will likely be their last big flush of the year.
'Fair Bianca' has escaped my rose digging shovel even though she is rather a scraggly thing , in a poor location. The plant is quite small and as she doesn't take up much room I am letting her stick around for now.
' Golden Celebration'
Geum 'Totally Tangerine' was bloomless for most of Sept and I assumed it was done for the year , and didn't begrudge it a rest since it bloomed non-stop since February. To my surprise it grew a couple more flower stems this month.
The Sedum purchased as 'Indian Chief' may or may not be that cultivar. What ever it is, it bloomed really early, flopped as Sedums are wont to do, and them began blooming again in the fall from the splayed-open center.
Pretty sure this is Sedum 'Bertram Anderson' -since I buy just about any Sedum I find I do loose track.
Phygelius 'Moonraker' . I have given up trying to dig it out and instead I use the shovel frequently to keep it in bounds. At least I can say it blooms heavily and never looks bad.
Late season bloom on Verbascum 'Dark Mullein'
I love my Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition' so much, it gets 2 photos this month.
The fabulous Panicum 'Heavy Metal'
Sanvitalia procumbens, a great edging plant .
Be sure to visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens for more October blooms.