Fall migration is in full swing. Every day a virtual army of new birds passes through the garden on their way farther south. Some of them, like the hummingbirds, linger for a while, much to our delight. But the birds are not the only migrants. Monarch butterflies, too, are stopping for a visit as they head down to the mountains of Mexico for the winter. The milkweed is in full bloom now, tempting them to tarry for a while.
All my "old faithfuls" that bloom month in and month out and that get featured here every month are still brightening the garden this Bloom Day. Things like blue plumbago, Tecoma stans ("yellow bells"), Hamelia patens, yellow cestrum, cannas, Anisacanthus wrightii, salvias, and many others. But a few new plants are showing off for me this month, also.
Late summer and early fall is when many of the roses in my garden get their second wind. Roses like...
'Lady of Shallott'
In fact, all of my plants seem to have gained their second wind today after a couple of days of wonderful rain. This followed several weeks when not a drop had fallen and has been a great relief to the gardener as well as the garden.
We all need that second wind as this bittersweet time of year reminds us that time is passing all too swiftly. In honor of that passage of time, I leave you this month, not with a blossom but with a song - the one that perfectly describes this time of year and my time of life.
Thank you to our hostess, Carol of May Dreams Gardens, and happy Bloom Day to all. Thank you for visiting.