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.
I TOOK ALL THESE PHOTOS IN THE PAST WEEK
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
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