It has been busy--very, very very busy--at work lately. All work and no play leaves this gardener feeling as washed-out as my poor passionflower seems in the cool pre-dawn light:
She probably feels a little overworked, herself, because she's carrying that side of the driveway bed almost single-handedly in the bloom department for the month of October. Further down, the chocolate eupatorium blooms against the yellowing 'Sioux Blue' sorghastrum nutens:
A few stray alpine strawberries and self-sown verbena bonariensis are blooming in that little strip, but the majority of the interest there is in leaf shape, texture and color... and most of that is as cool as the temperatures have been lately. There are a few exceptions that warm up the garden, though. Like this hot-blooded canna lily:
And the amaranth, which looks cool in the shadows, ignites with warm reds when touched by sunlight:
Pretty soon, the only shades of color in the garden will be grays and browns... which will make the indoor blooms seem even sweeter:
That's all of the photos for this Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day (and Foliage Follow-up)... for more posts on these great topics, visit the links!
Also blooming in my October garden: Random tomatoes, various basils, Russian sage, tall yellow snapdragons, calendula, my variegated tall sedum, two other cannas, native honeysuckle, two kinds of pink anemones, two kinds of agastache rupestris, caryopteris, pennisetum, 'Black & Blue' and 'Lady in Red' salvias, cimicifuga/actaea racemosa, brugmansia, 'Vista Purple' salvia, 'Rotstrahlbusch' panicum virgatum, my Meyer (improved) lemon, 'Bonfire' begonia, 'Dragonwing' begonia, and more than a few weeds...