October is a transitional period. Nighttime temperatures are consistently cooler and we also get some of what we define as fall-like daytime temperatures, which generally means readings in the low 70s and high 60s Fahrenheit (19 to 23 Celsius). However, cooler days are periodically broken by warm spells generated by our notorious Santa Ana winds. Next week, for example, we expect temperatures to soar back up near 90F (32C).
But to focus on the positive, here's what's looking good at the moment, starting with the plants that began their annual bloom cycle just this month:
|Blooms began appearing on Barleria obtusa (aka bush violet) just this week|
|I added this Symphyotrichum chilensis (aka Pacific aster or California aster) to the garden last month in the hope that it'll fare better in my garden than other asters have|
Following these are the dependable plants that just keep on giving:
|The pale pink Eustoma grandiflorum dominated my backyard border this summer but, while those plants have mostly faded away, the cherry pink, yellow and blue varieties are still producing flowers|
|Grevillea 'Superb' is by far the bloomiest Grevillea in my garden. The largest of my plants, shown here, has produced flowers all year but it's particularly flowerful this month.|
|Grevillea 'Peaches & Cream' runs a distant second in flower production. It always has at least a couple of flowers but hasn't produced the generous bounty that 'Superb' does.|
|The Pennisetums consistently bloom from late summer through fall. Pennisetum advena 'Rubrum' is on the left and P. 'Fireworks' is on the right.|
|The bloom stalks on Achillea 'Moonshine' are shorter than those the plants produced in late spring and summer but the flowers keep on coming. A few stems of A. 'Moon Dust' can be seen behind 'Moonshine' on the upper left.|
|Other stalwart performers in my garden include, from the left, Cuphea ignea 'Starfire Pink', Gaura lindheimeri 'Snow Fountain', and Pelargonium peltatum 'Pink Blizzard'|
Next up are the plants that took me by surprise:
I'll end with a collage of the best of the rest:
Visit Carol for a view of what's flowering elsewhere in the country and around the world.
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