Monday, November 17, 2008

Some of the last of fall color

We got a freeze last night, 26 degrees. There wasn't enough moisture to have a frost though. I was amazed at how little things were effected. Not much damage at all. I think we may be at the end of the fall color. I already posted some color in the garden last week. Here's some more I didn't get to.

Big Mama Turks Cap

Fall Shrimp plant

Green Shrimp Plant

Giant petunias with a volunteer cosmos in the foreground. These petunias usually get over head-high but only managed about four feet this year.

The trailing Rosemary finally bloomed. I was getting a little gardener's anxiety about it. Thought it wasn't going to bloom at all this year.

I had forgotten about my Strawberry Gomphrena until it bloomed.

The Stonecrop finally bloomed in the big limestone planter. I got this planter from a nursery that had it for years and it hadn't sold. They told me if I could carry it out to my truck I could have it. I don't know how much it weighs, but it's a bunch. I wanted it bad and, well, it's mine now.

The Tropical Sage and the Duranta make a wonderful color combo when looking out the yucca gate.

Well, the Flame Acanthus had to flame on just one more time. You can see the two different varieties in the picture. The true native is in the background.

Stay tuned, there is more fall color to come in a few days.


Chandramouli S said...

Wonderful blooms as ever! Do they all get covered with snow! Really? :O [shocked] Dang, it'd be such a heart-sickening sight, isn't it! Hope they all survive the winter and treat you again next year. My prayers for all those who're attacked by Mr Frosty...

bill / prairie point said...

Some pretty stuff. We got down to 26 also on Sunday morning according to the thermometer, but it was warm again before noon. I couldn't see any damage. Turned on the furnace for the first time this season though.

Bob said...

Very seldom get any snow here chandramouli but it does get down into the teens every winter.

Same here Bill, no damage. I guess it warmed up quick.

Annie in Austin said...

Sorry you've already been in the twenties, Bob - we've escaped an actual freeze so far.

Will your duranta come back in spring or do you start new one's each year? I've had terrible luck with them overwintering but my friends have them growing like weeds so it can't be just temperature...maybe black clay!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

ConsciousGardener said...

Hey Bob,

Thanks for visiting my space, and I love your photos! I'm in Crestview so we didn't get the freeze...I love all your limestone. Cheryl

Horselip's Horse Sense said...

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Bob said...

Annie; my Duranta dies back to the ground in the winter but has always come back. My Mom had one in her garden in Manchaca and it never died back in winter. It was huge, about eight ft. tall, like a small tree.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi Bob! Thank you for this wonderful walk through the gardens at Draco/ Tyra