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Last Gasps & Late Bloomers

The sun is much lower in the sky, the hours of daylight are significantly less and the nights have cooled off.  It is still early autumn.

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Iceland Poppies keep putting out buds.  This is the third or fourth flush of flowers, I can hardly wait until this plant gets bigger. As I document my flowers in this blog, I am aware of the bloom times of so many flowers.  I feel that I am not taking them for granted so much anymore.

On the right, is a particularly late foxglove stalk of blooms.  These plants start blooming in early summer, and some have kept on blooming, while others are totally spent.  It is still a mystery to me why some of these plants are so different from others that are the same.

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The Hollyhocks are coming on strong, in spite of all efforts by the deer to nibble as much as they can.  I find long branches of hollyhocks broken and bare, as there is so much less fresh green growth for the deer to eat.

The right side photo shows California poppies and dandelions still blooming.  The poppies will continue until they are frozen out.  There are many baby poppy plants just starting to bloom, from early season plants putting out seeds.  As much as dandelions are disparaged as weeds, I think it is good if we can pretend we are children again, and savor their beauty as flowers sometimes.

Another Mystery Plant

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Another Mystery Plant

While I am on this mystery plant theme, I have another one. This is a more recent addition to the flower garden, and I just misplaced the name tag. Perhaps I planted it and thought it died, when it was slow in getting established.

The flowers do not resemble regular flowers, as they are green. But it is definitely interesting looking.

I have no idea how bit it might grow – which could be important later, as it is near a hydrangea. I’ve moved so many plants – just add it to the list of winter gardening projects. Yes, we do get some snow most winters. But we also get a warm week in January or so, most years. If I’m around, it is a very busy week in the yard.