... can't hide the fact that it's been a rainy, dull, drab October. There are still some flowers--and lots of interesting textures--going on in the garden, though, so I feel as though they warrant a post. Here's a rundown of what's still putting on a show:
Variegation on this ginger brightens up the front porch. It's been so windy that even the ginger hasn't escaped the rain.
The rain has been rough on the in-flower grasses. Here, a panicum in bloom bends all the way down to kiss the miniature sage at its feet.
The pennisetum has fared a little better. Probably because it's smashed in between the caryopteris and oakleaf hydrangea, and they help prop it up. (Yay for my laziness--it was supposed to be moved into a more spacious home this spring!)
Passionflower vines haven't seemed to notice the chill. But they're the tropical variety, so I'm sure that they will soon begin to complain.
Looking tropical, but not, is the spent eucomis flowerhead. I think Craig or one of my other favorite bloggers mentioned liking the spent flowers better than the blooming ones... and I agree!
Another round of 'Red Rocks' penstemon blooms lights up the silvery foliage of sea kale.
The stipa/nasella tenuissima (pony tail grass) his turned brown at the ends, but is still a fairly fresh green in the middle.
Last but note least: The citronella geranium and the blue agave look like they're huddled up together for warmth on this rainy day. It's the end of summer, and I STILL haven't gotten tired of the texture of this agave against the old brick of the porch. I think this is a record for me.
Hopefully I will have a few better, warmer photos to share with you all at the end of this weekend. It's supposed to be 70 and sunny, and we won't get many more weekends like this so I definitely plan to enjoy it! Hope you all have a wonderful week ahead of you, too!