Finally! A sign of Fall!

It has been so hot and humid! When the nighttime temperature finally dropped to 69f the other night I almost broke out the blankets to keep warm!

The garden is signaling the impending change of seasons, too!

The annual poinsettias are blooming.


The large pots of fibrous begonias on the front porch have gone crazy and this is without any routine watering!


And Turtlehead (cleone)


And the Rose of Sharon:


  

Rose-of-Sharons are wonderful large shrubs or small tree in the hibiscus family which bloom late summer until frost. The flowers are shades of white, purple, or burgundy and with or with-out a red throat. The single flowered varieties reseed to the point of becoming weedy! The flowers are only about three inches wide but if you don’t trim the plants they grow in a vase-shape to about 10 or 15 feet here in the Piedmont region on North Carolina.

The large beds of lirope blooming are another signal of the change of seasons.

 The large beds of this grass-like plant in the lily family run along the fence and around the patio. I am lucky that the original owners planted these. They begin blooming in late August and are followed by black berries. The birds eat the berries but the seeds pass through their digestive tract unharmed and germinate throughout the garden.
Another reason I look forward to the cooler temperatures? I hate coming home to this every evening:


And the corresponding water bill!!

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12 responses to “Finally! A sign of Fall!

  1. It is so nice to have fall bloomers. Your garden looks great.

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  2. Arthur you amaze me and I love your garden. It is so great to read through your posts of your challenges and successes. I knew we were having a really hot Carolina summer when I would be happy to see the high for the day was only 89.

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  3. Fall is happening here too, despite temps in the 90s and high humidity for a week or more. A little cooler will be good.

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  4. You are looking forward to fall! It is a lovely season, isn’t it?

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  5. Wow – you have 12 hours dark then for the poinsettias to bloom? I tried keeping mine in the dark at xmas to force themto bloom but its too much hard work if not automated

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  6. Your garden is looking very beautiful too! 🙂

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