Central Florida has been so hot and dry! Predictions of rain over the next few days don't have me all that excited...kind of reminds me of the boy that cried wolf. The 10 day forecast has us in the 80's every day, with little chance of rain showers. I hope your gardens are receiving some liquid sunshine. It could be much worse, so I'll just keep watering what's wilting, and enjoy summer in November. This morning's heavy fog turned the garden into something magical...
Have you noticed how the fog insulates your world, and it seems to say 'hush', to everything around you?
As I was taking these photos, I was thinking how beautiful the Knockout roses have become this fall. I'll be perfectly honest, even though I grow them, I've made some derogatory remarks about Knockouts over the years. Perhaps, my next post will be in defense of them.
Clerodendrum 'Ugandense', common name, 'blue butterfly bush'.
Coleus are still beautiful, and will be, until a frost or freeze.
The dew on these rose leaves, almost looked like ice (shudder).
Petal drop from a camellia.
Sasanqua camellias begin blooming in Central Florida, in October, and continue for a couple of months. They too, like Knockout roses, are often maligned. Some growers of camellias
prefer only the larger flowered, Japonica camellias. I have both, but I prefer the Sasanquas because they can take more sun, and bloom early enough to avoid freeze damage. It's frustrating to have a Japonica shrub, heavy with blooms, suffer freeze damage in January. Sasanquas that are blooming in my garden now...
In closing, this photo was taken Halloween eve. My husband was just coming back from the vegetable garden, when he saw something moving around in the duck box. We have a couple boxes on the property that Wood Ducks have used for the last several years, but they only nest in the spring. Anyway, he got a pole and opened the clean out door...
This photo looks a lot cuter than the possum was...we left the door open, and it disappeared. I hope you all are having a lovely weekend.