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  • on 16.11.2010
  • at 02:59 AM
  • by Wendy

San Francisco Fall Colors 3


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:

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There are 3 comments for this post

  1. Cat says:

    Beautiful! What a lovely colorful garden.

  2. Donna says:

    Wow, impressive blooms for a lazy composter. Loads of color in your garden. My GBBD post was gray and white, the day and the snow.

    • admin says:

      Hi Donna,
      I love your GBBD post as well. I’m really glad you included the stand of birch, because I’m a sucker for a stand of birch, and they really say “winter” to me, something I miss. Beautiful photos! I actually goofed on May Garden’s blog, and re-submitted my photos for November, but my December photos are up as well.

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