A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Winter..
Gardeners are prone to exclaim the current years weather as the craziest ever seem, ominously strange, the most unique in decades..etc. I am no exception to this attribute. Every year brings new challenges , new first frost/last frost dates, new rainfall totals, new wind events and for those who live outside of the mild bubble of my zone 9 climate, snow accumulations, ice storms, and actual frozen ground.
This fall might actually qualify as a real deviation.
2 frosts in October. Caryopoteris 'Summer Sorbet' shed it's finery, now in November it is growing it's spring foliage.
Verbena bonariensis views it's winter nap with disdain.
Daylilies die back, grow new folige, send up scapes.
I often have the odd rose blooming in November, but Sun Flare is favoring me with a full mid-summer blast.
Plectranthus shrugged off the frost and keeps blooming.
Wendys Wish is usually a few sticks with blobs of black leaves by now.