Fall is in full swing and the nights are getting quite chilly, but there are still quite a few things blooming in the garden. The stars of the show are those plants that only come into bloom at this time of the year. Much like short-lived spring flowers, they are all the more precious because their appearance is so brief and seasonally specific.
Saffron crocus (Crocus sativus)
An orange chrysanthemum...
... and a pale pink one
Heart-leaved aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolium) - these pop up by themselves and can be a bit weedy but their delicate fall bloom is lovely
However, there are also still a few flowers that are just carrying on from summer and will do so until frost cuts them down.
A big red zinnia (Zinnia elegans cv.)
Dahlia 'Mrs. I. de Ver Warner'
Abyssinian gladiolus (Gladiolus murielae)
Finally, there are those cool-season flowers that largely disappear during the heat of summer but now begin to bloom again, reinvigorated by cool weather and fall rains.
'Resina' pot marigold (Calendula officinalis 'Resina')
California poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
A tall single stock (Matthiola incana cv.)
To see what is currently blooming in other people's gardens, check out May Dreams Gardens.