A Taste of Fall: Flower Season Winding Down

The air feels like early fall today.  It really cooled down in the past 24 hours.  The crisp breeze foreshadows the season to come.

We’ve enjoyed a week of warm weather, lasting well into the evening, enjoying several meals on the patio. Today it’s 15 degrees cooler than predicted.  As our days are shorten the pumpkin leaves are turning a tell-tale brown.  Even my beloved cosmos are showing signs of decay.  In California, warm weather continues well into October, but the growing season is definitely winding down.

It dawned on me today that the bounty of flowers we’ve enjoyed all summer will soon be a sweet memory. I decided to take pictures of each lusty bloom. Mother Nature is about to pull a blanket over the garden.  Summer annuals will finish their cycle as they set seed and wither.  Perennials go dormant.  The Chinese Pistache treats us to an autumn show, with golden, red and amber leaves drifting to the ground below.  The maple out back does a strip tease as well, but often in slow motion.  Depending on the wind and the rain, our maple may hang on to the changing leaves for some time.

So to my lovely garden belles, arranged below in rainbow order, won’t you please take a bow?

Firecracker Annual

Blooming Since July, Part of the 4th of July Trio

Carpet Roses

Carpet Roses at the bottom of the ramp

Garnet Penstemon

Garnet Penstemon rustling under the Magnolia

Dusty Pink Hydrangea

Dusty Pink Hydrangea, spectacular under the living room

Pink Vinca

Pink Vinca lives in a pot on the back steps


Sunflower: The first of the Season

Yellow Daylily

Yellow Daylily fans out under the Magnolia tree

Yellow Four o'clock Flower

Yellow Four o’clock Flower re-seeded from last summer adds cheer to a shady side yard

Yellow Snapdragons

Yellow Snapdragons, a hardy little annual

Pumpkin Flower (Male)

Male pumpkin flower, hopeful, even at this late date

purple bellflower

Purple Bellflowers surround our patio

Dwarf Plumbago

Dwarf Plumbago sits below the tall grass in a corner of the front yard

Status Annual

This bluish status was part of my red, white and blue display for July 4th.

English Lavender

English Lavender lines the bottom of the front deck and attracts lots of beneficial bees.

Sweet Alyssum

Sweet Alyssum completes the trio of red, white and blue 4th of July plants.

White Magnolia

White Magnolia cradles a bee


Anemone run along the back rock wall. They’ve taken over that corner of the garden.

Wild Onion

Wild Onion
A garden surprise this summer

White Begonia

Begonia always remind me of my mother

Are you curious what these blooms look like before they flower? Find out on Flower Buds: The Shape of Things to Come.
If you linked back for answers to the quiz: Who’s who or what’s what? the answers are:
a. 4 Hydrangea
b. 1 Allium Stellatum
c. 2 anemone
d. 3 Four o’clock
e. 5 Snapdragon

10 thoughts on “A Taste of Fall: Flower Season Winding Down

  1. Say it isn’t so, summer has really zoomed by. Your maple tree sounds rather saucey, ha ‘strip tease’. You really have a way of painting a picture, you might consider a novel at some point Alys…look at Rowling. I was in a garden just the other day with masses of Sweet Alyssum planted all along the walks and wondered how I missed the opportunity to include it in my yard because it was so fragrant, just awesome, I will remember to plan a big batch of it in the next garden.


  2. Pingback: Flower Buds: The Shape of Things to Come | gardeningnirvana

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