While I do miss the autumn leaves that I grew up with on the east coast and the feeling of distinct seasons, there’s a lot of color popping in my garden. The Tithonia, or mexican sunflower I planted from seed in the summer is just blooming now. Here is one just opening:
Yowza! I’m noticing a lot of yellows and oranges happening now.
There’s an Asclepias, or milkweed that’s blooming now:
This is a variety that I got from a Chinese medicinal herb seller at the acupuncture college. I’m most familiar with Asclepias Tuberosa, also known as butterfly weed, because it’s a host plant for Monarch butterflies. I have quite a few of them in my garden, so think they’re fine with this variety. You can see a golden colored aphid colony around the stems, which is kind of a beautiful color itself, even though I’m ready to lose it.
You can see the ants doing their symbiotic aphid dance in this picture:
Asclepias Tuberosa is also known medicinally as pleurisy root.
On the yellow end of the spectrum, there’s the humble calendula:
Then there are the roses in my front yard. Hybrids, there are yellow and red ones:
I like to bring them inside and put them on my cluttered file cabinet, some beauty in my work space:
On the porch there’s a climbing purple and white flower. I don’t remember what it’s called, but I do remember who brought it over from their yard. Can anyone tell me what it is?
Then moving back to purple, there’s the princess tree:
Which is pretty leggy, but has a nice spray of flowers curving over the herb spiral.
One thing I do notice, while I don’t notice colors so much here that go with the discrete seasons, is the unique quality of light that autumn brings: