Garden & Sky

Late Bloomers

Autumn has been pleasant so far, warm and mostly dry. Even on this chilly morning, with the temperature starting in the low 40s, the sun rises with enough strength to ensure we’ll be in the 60s by noon. These are the golden days to treasure now and later when the winter winds howl.

The flowers take advantage of this moderation in the weather to extend their blooming season. Zinnias are still bright and cheery in the side garden. Their deep reds and pinks complement the browns and yellows of the fallen leaves.img_4047The English lavender is still lush, complete with a few late-season bees buzzing from bloom to bloom.img_4154

And a few oddities–a couple of lilac buds blooming way off schedule…img_4156

And many rhododendron buds seemly not knowing what season it is…

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I appreciate these late bloomers, but it also makes me wonder and worry. What do these unscheduled flowerings mean? Is something wrong? Has this always happened and I’ve just never noticed? Both the lilac and the rhodo are older bushes–maybe this confusion is a sign of old age in the plant world. We must wait and see. 🌺

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