At May Dreams, perennial Bloom Day hostess Carol asks about the whisperings of fall in the garden.
Two notes of autumn susurrate through this scene. The dappled sunshine here was full sun a month ago, and those fallen purple petals presage the coming of fall.
The petals came from Tibouchina urvilleana
Nearby the Fuchsia 'Unpronounceable Name that I Have Even Forgotten How to Spell' is blooming. This was a new arrival this year...last year...I don't remember. It came from Strybing, an impulse buy I don't regret whatsoever.
The Madia bloom summer and fall. I don't know what makes them stop exactly. There will be no frost in this garden. I think it's me. I think I make them stop by cutting them down when I get tired of their summer chaos. Winter requires a certain visual purity.
Ugly mold will strike down the last of the dahlias soon enough. They are fading already.
Light rains on Saturday splayed out Salvia uliginosa's wiry stems. A late summer plant for me.
The same recent rains still adorn 'Charlotte' rose. It's been unusually humid for the coast, and the garden is damp.
Sunflowers are slowing down. Fewer and fewer buds emerge from the leaf axils now. Is that from a general lack of water, or is that a fall thing?
Cobaea scandens does not know fall. So long as it yet lives, it blooms all year.
And does Asclepias curassavica know seasonal change? I don't know. (I hope not! It's very pretty up close.)
Also blooming: Tweedia caerulea, Passiflora citrina, Abutilon, Epilobium canum, Arctotis, Foeniculum... what am I forgetting?
ADDED: Up on the roof, recent light rains summoned an inflorescence from the 22-pound bulb, Urginea maritima. Watch this space...