Friday, October 23, 2015

A Few October Flowers

The month is slipping steadily by.  We've enjoyed some beautiful open-window weather, but the heat and humidity are beginning to inch up again.  Rain is in the forecast for Sunday and much of next week.  We need it, though, so I won't complain.

In the meantime, there are still flowers to enjoy!

The morning glory on the arbor continues to unfurl heaps of blooms.

'Heavenly Blue' Morning Glory

'Heavenly Blue' Morning Glory

'Heavenly Blue' Morning Glory

'Heavenly Blue' Morning Glory

On the other side of the arbor there are roses and the occasional clematis.

Clematis and Rose


'Joseph's Coat' Rose

These swamp daisies from Mom's garden make a very cheerful, bright spot.  They're a promising addition to the flowerbed.  It will be interesting to see how they do next year.  I must remember to trim them back at some point-- early summer? mid summer?-- because otherwise they can get too tall and be susceptible to catching the wind and flopping over.

This photo was taken on a cool, early morning, but a little later in the day, they are bee magnets.

Swamp Daisy

One vine of mina lobata is still in triumphant bloom.

Mina lobata

The pale green pods are mina lobata seed pods.  If you look closely, you'll also see some of the dried, brown pods of cardinal climber (a.k.a. cypress vine).  Some of it sneaked in with the Spanish flag, unfortunately.  At least it's easy to tell the difference between the two types of pods, even when both have turned brown.  The mina lobata pods are fairly rounded, while the cypress vine's are more elongated and conical.

Spanish Flag Seedpods

Speaking of seeds, I've been gathering moonvine pods.  This is only part of the harvest so far, and there are still many pods drying on the vines.  There are far more than I could ever find a place for, so I'll have to see if anyone I know is interested in a handful.

Moonvine Seeds

I haven't been working in the yard much, lately.  Partly, this is because I've just been enjoying the nice weather by being lazy.  Then there's the feeling that if I wait just a bit longer the wasps and snakes will no longer be a threat... And some of what I need to do hinges on other things being done or decided... or cooler weather... Oh, it's always only too easy to find an excuse to put things off!

We've also been focusing on a indoor home improvement project.  More on that another time.