The Philippine violet bursts into bloom, competition for the Salvia leucantha which has had the spotlight for many weeks. Just the odd hummingbird still drops by, a latecomer on the migration southward to Venezuela.
The knockout rose in the English garden recently put on new growth and is flower filled.
Not such a good year for the Japanese anemone, but still many blooms.
The orange bulbine in the Spanish oak garden is ready for some division this winter.
Everyone has to have a little place in the garden which requires less work. The Spanish oak garden is mine. Just a little clipping of the Ficus pumila covered wall, from time to time. Otherwise the pittosporum seems to require no maintenance. Agave desmettiana seems to prefer a light shaded location. This location also protects it from any harsh northern winds.
In the front, D recently removed the Senna tree that had grown behind the bird bath. I was sorry to see it go but last year it had been attacked by some kind of weevil in the trunk. It struggled this summer losing many leaves. The leaf drop had become a problem for cleaning up the gravel. I will not replace it although many seedlings are waiting beneath. Question is what to plant there? This area, surrounded on 3 sides by house, gets no sun until the late afternoon when it is blasted by the westerly sun. A yaupon holly tree has seeded against one wall but I think this will have to be removed before long. Time to get on my thinking cap. Fall is our best time to be planting.
Yesterday we enjoyed lunch sitting under the umbrella in the front garden. The seed heads of the pink crystal grass were wafting in the breeze. It was a delightful sight.