This is the time of year when the daylight sensitive plants begin to bloom. They have been waiting in the wings with their green foliage for the shorter days and cooler nights.
High on my list of favorites is the Philippine violet. Although the plant usually dies back to the ground each winter, this year it did not. Still, I cut it back to improve the shape. It is a plant that neither bug nor disease seems to bother.
Then there are the big time spring bloomers who want to get in on the action. Damianita, Chrysactinia mexicana. Not the profuse blooming of the spring but a few flowers to mingle with the grasses.
The inevitable sea of narrow leaf zinnias, Zinnia augustifolia, so plentiful this year because of the mild winter. The garden made it through the hottest summer on record. It can now rest and prepare itself for the big spring bloom. Judging by the number of wildflower seedlings 2010 is going to be a big year.