Periodic temperature spikes, hot Santa Ana winds, and dry conditions have left my November garden low on floral color. My Senna bicapsularis, the star of last November's Bloom Day post, has already dropped most of its blooms and many of the other plants that provided color at this time last year have failed to make an appearance yet.
The biggest splashes of color are provided by:
|Barleria obtusa, which is a brighter blue than this sun-soaked shot suggests|
|Bauhinia x blakeana, which though ruffled by the Santa Ana winds, has maintained a good many blooms|
|The delicate blooms of Camellia sasanqua (no ID) wither when temperatures soar but the row of plants along the back of the house continue to pump out new flowers|
|Rather than a "splash" of color, it may be more appropriate to say that Gomphrena decumbens 'Itsy Bitsy' offers floating bits and blobs of color|
|The grasses, especially Pennisetum 'Fireworks' and Pennisetum advena 'Rubrum' continue to make a big impression|
Other spots of color can be found in corners here and there:
|Clockwise from the upper left, the blue and purple flower contingent includes Brachyscome 'Enduring Blue', Duranta 'Sapphire Showers', Eustoma grandiflorum 'Borealis Blue', and Hypoestes aristata|
Visit Carol, our Bloom Day host, at May Dreams Gardens to see what's blooming elsewhere around the world.
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