Fall has not quite arrived here yet, but the temperatures have dropped somewhat and this past weekend we finally got a good bit of rain after weeks of drought. The effect is already noticeable in the garden, as many plants are perking up noticeably. Alas, not that much is really in full bloom as many summer-flowering annuals and perennials are coming to an end and the fall bloomers have not really gotten started yet. Here are therefore just a few things that look good at the moment:
The first blossom of the Arabian jasmine's (Jasminum sambac 'Maid of Orleans') latest flush of
Nicotiana mutabilis - this one is sending up scores of new flowering shoots at the moment
'Old Fashioned Vining' petunia - somehow the white-flowered plants are always a bit more vigorous and keep going for longer than then pink and purple ones
Persian basil (Ocimum sp.)
Four o'clocks (Mirabilis jalapa), which in my garden stubbornly refuse to open before 7:00pm
Rosa 'Old Blush'
Now off to teach introductory Urdu to a class off eager college students. To see what is blossoming in other people's gardens, check out Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens!