After a dry hot summer we’ve had a milder and wetter fall. Still no real frost, so the garden is lingering. Many of the flowers don’t know the flower season is over!
Johnny jump-ups are the first to bloom in the spring and the last to stop in the fall.
Many perennials are slowing down but continue to bloom, which is good for the bumble bees and other insects still hanging on.
These turtle heads start blooming late and continue until frost. The honeysuckle vine is an early spring to late fall bloomer. The hummingbirds have left now, but the vines are still putting out flowers. Also blooming is the pink native plant physostegia virginiana, false dragon head or obedient plant, in several large patches. Another stalwart blooming from May to frost is catmint, which I have in every bed in the garden. It isn’t quite as showy as some plants, but it feeds a lot of insects and is almost a ground-cover for me.
The most colorful flowers now blooming are the annuals. Marigold, petunias, zinnias, cleome, blue annual sage, and some volunteer sunflowers and nicotiana:
And in the wild meadow gardens, the purple asters are still bright: