Tuesday, October 22, 2013


O is for October Opulence.

The previous owners of our 'new-to-us' home planned their yard (garden) very thoughtfully.  Every six weeks or so we wait to see what new shrubs or plants will bloom.  Neither of us are much experienced in gardening, so each new appearance is a challenge for us to find out what it is called and how best to care for it.


This is the latest bush to come into full bloom this month of October:

We haven't done the research on this one yet.  Life must interfere with the computer once in a while !  :)
At first we were a little disappointed, but like the computer, we just needed a little patience.  Then to our surprise it really took off.  It is situated just a few feet away from the Royal Robe (potato vine) which is blooming its little heart out and producing many deep purple star-like flowers. Behind it is a little red bouganvillea and below are spreading red geraniums.

This is cheating , but what is October without chrysanthemums?  These are actually also a beautiful bright yellow, though my camera couldn't deal with the color at this hour of the day .  Barry bought  them (such good taste!) to set off our latest addition to the yard -- a park bench that catches the last hour or two of the sunshine and has a closer overlook of the creek. That's a purple lantana  behind the bench I think. It has been blooming since the beginning of July and shows no sign of quitting. It grows along the back of the house beside the path.

Our 'mystery' bush that caused all the excitement earlier in the summer, actually a tulip tree, is still popping out a couple of blooms.  We had a small amount of rain about 10 days ago, with some wind, and that took its toll on these blooms.  This is going to need some care in the months to come as temperatures dip into the 40's some nights, (thankfully, not many).

The lantana bush doesn't look like it is ever going to quit blooming.  In fact we are going to get some advice on how to prune it and when.  Remember, we are rank amateurs in the gardening department.

Now in case you think we don't get any fall here, I took a couple of shots to prove we do -- but not nearly as much as in the northern states.
Don't laugh, it's the best we can do !

I had two other tree photos I wanted to include but blogger is not cooperating, so perhaps I'd better quit while I'm ahead.

This is my entry for ABC Wednesday  letter O.  Many thanks to our Own Mrs. Nesbitt and Roger 
Owen Green for their leadership. To see more of  the fascinating entries please click 


Mersad said...

Those flowers are beautiful. Fall is slowly catching up here as well.

Leslie: said...

Lorne would be in his glory with temperatures like you get. He loves to garden and putters around all the time when the weather is good. Now, though, we're "closing up shop" for the winter months. We get lots of rain, but not snow - rarelyk, that is.

abcw team

Carol L McKenna said...

so good to find you again ~ Beautiful blog and wonderful photography ~ carol ^_^

Wanda said...

Just love your new yard. I would be so excited to have new things blooming.

I have NO color in our yard right now, and the large trees in the back yard do not turn a pretty color, but a drab brown. So I will enjoy your yard until Spring with I get color.

photowannabe said...

Your flowers are so beautiful and it's wonderful that something is always blooming.
When we moved into our forever home 6 1/2 years ago, we felt the same way.
We are not good gardeners and didn't know the names of a lot of the trees and plants we have. The planting were done in much the same way so there is something interesting in the yard almost all of the time.
In fact my first camellia of the season just bloomed.

Morning's Minion said...

I am curious about the name of the yellow-flowered shrub--your climate is quite different from any place I have lived.
There is some resemblance to caragana--Siberian Pea Shrub--but that's usually used in colder zones. I hope someone will identify it.

Roger Owen Green said...

You seem to have found HOME which is no small thing!

snafu said...

Your yard is certainly a riot of colour. We are just losing our blooms as a rather late autumn gets under way. When I bought my very first house I watched all the plants appear that spring and knowing nothing of flowers, I carefully nurtured some weeds, much to the amusement of our new neighbours.

Alan Burnett said...

Ah, if you are anything like me you will just refer to them as yellow flower, orange bush, pink bush ... etc. Whatever they might be, they do look rather grand - especially for October.

LindyLou Mac said...

Calling by from ABC Wednesday, it is always interesting to see what is growing in a new garden.

Ann said...

Oh that tulip tree and those bright orange blooms are splendid. You really have the perfect weather there.

Joy said...

Isn't that wonderful, a year of surprises from your garden.

Reader Wil said...

Your garden looks like a peaceful and beautiful place.
Thanks for your comment. Yes it is nice to have an active group of people in our church. I was always doing something in church too. I am a member of a small singing group. It is not a choir, but we sing new melodies.
Once a month we have a " coffee morning" for senior members of the church.

MastHoliday said...

Beautiful flowers!! Love the photos..
Nice post.

Ajay Kumar said...

Pretty flowers and beautiful chair!! Indeed, love the garden.

Carver said...

Opulent as well as gorgeous shots. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

Barbara said...

Such lovely vibrant colour for October. Must be fun in a new place waiting to see what is planted if you move to a h ouse with a mature garden.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Thanks so much for your comments on my blog..I love your flowers all in bloom and the fall colors.