Still a few flowers and vines blooming in my patio gardens, but many of the flowers have given up the ghost and handed the baton to another season, I do believe. They are tired of the heat, weary of the strange weather.
Fall is of course the season for mums to shine, and shine they do with their pretty yellow petals.
I just could not bear the scarcity of blooms, so I stopped and picked up five little pots of pansies. I also want to find some asters and use kale as fillers where the summer annuals have kicked the bucket.
I told myself I wasn't going to buy a single plant except for maybe the yellow mums. But flowers are balm for my soul, so I shall probably get a few more.
In terms of vines, the morning glories are still going strong. Winding up the tree branches and winking at everyone from among the still green leaves.
The hyacinth bean vine has been blooming for weeks, and now I notice the actual bright purple bean pod is showing up. I will wait until these dry up and save them to plant next year, as I've been harvesting them for quite a few years now.
The way the two vines, the hyacinth bean vine and the morning glories, mix together in their hue of purple perfection makes me smile.
In the galvanized container gardens, sage and purple potato vine mingle with the tall strands of various ornamental grasses.
The grasses have had to be cut a time or two, but now I won't cut them because they are showing off their wheat-colored and red and gauzy plumes.
What's still hanging on in your garden today? I hope you still have some brightly colored blooms to enjoy awhile longer.
Linking up to the Fishtail Cottage Garden Party.