Sunday, November 5, 2017
Bloom While You Still Can!
DST is official. We set our clocks back. Daylight hours will keep getting shorter until the Winter Solstice on December 21st. Flowers in the garden are getting down to a precious few. If you are a Gloriosa Daisy you have no time to bother with a nice long stem. Right down next to the still somewhat warm soil is the way to go. If a few more warm days happen and pollinators fly by, this flower is ready!
Growing out over a stone path works pretty well too. This Gaillardia, Arizona Sun, flower is not a perfect specimen but it is November and getting very nippy here at night. Bright red and yellow color is a welcome sight.
I don't ever remember the Malva sylvestris lasting this long. After a magnificent showing this summer, this plant is nearly done. Some of its leaves have rust. Many of its seeds have already been dropped. Something is nibbling on its petals. This last flower is still beautiful for November!
I never get tired of thyme plants and stones. This wild thyme takes the cold in stride. When the snow comes, and it will come, this plant will be just as happy and green as it is now, but the flowers are best enjoyed now. I noticed that a large flock of slate gray juncos is hanging out in the garden. I don't need a crystal ball to predict that a change of seasons is in our very near future.