Fall Bloomers in the Automatic Garden

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Salvias are reliable plants in the Automatic Garden.  Some are hardy and most will reseed.  They rest for the hot months of summer and start to rebloom when the earth begins to tilt away from the sun.

 

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The Gingers are putting out their last flowers of the season.

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Pentas are in full bloom, providing nectar for bees,hummingbirds and butterflies, although the past several years have seen few butterflies in this area. The white Pentas reseeded this year on their own.

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The Ageratum, Rudbeckia, and Torenia are blooming nicely.  The Ageratum is wild and planted itself in the garden.  The Rudbeckia was a pass-along and willingly reseeds.  Torenia spreads its seeds all over the garden, especially in cracks and rocks.  They can be bought in the nursery in the spring, but the reseeding ones will not bloom until the fall.

 

 


A Late Spring

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Spring came late to the Gulf Coast.

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The Azaleas are just beginning to bloom and are about two weeks late.

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The Ancore Azaleas usually bloom a month earlier.

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The Japanese Fern always returns and grow to full size in just a few weeks.

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This Rudbeckia was a surprise bloomer and had continued to grow during the cold winter.

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Bluebonnets have bloomed as early as February in past years.  The great thing about a blog is that it gives an instant diary of of the garden.

 


Something About Yellow

On these oppressively hot summer days, the Yellows seem to thrive.  Their bright colors pop from across the yard when the rest of the flowers can’t even be bothered to open in the summer heat.

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The first two photos are of Rudbeckia.  The large flowered one has been in the garden for over ten years and the small one is a recent pass-a-long plant.  The exact names are long lost and there are many different varieties of Rudbeckia.  Both are perennials that also reseed, which makes them a perfect pick for the Automatic Garden.

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Yellow Bells, also called Esperanza (tecoma stans),  love the heat and are at their best on the hottest days. They likewise win high points for enduring the drought we have been dealing with the past few years.

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White Wing (Mussaenda Luteola) have tiny flowers that cover the shrub with eye catching yellow.  It started out in a small nursery pot and has grown to 4 feet tall.  It is a true tropical and spends cold days in the garage.

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Evening Primrose or Oenothera grandiflora greets me each morning with its sunny yellow blooms outside the window.  It begins to bloom as the sun sets, but will stay open for most of the morning. It is a reseeding annual.  Oenothera grandiflora was collected by William Bartram in 1775 near Mobile Bay, Alabama.  And yes, as William put it, it is a pompous and brilliant (yellow) plant!