At this time of year Austinites reap their reward for having survived another summer. Bright blue skies washed clean by periodic cold fronts top a burnished landscape of evergreen live oaks, yaupon hollies, junipers, agaves, and evergreen salvias like the one favored by a sulphur butterfly’s visit this afternoon.
Mild 75-degree temperatures and lots of sunshine drew me outside around lunchtime today. I should be working, but I couldn’t resist putting up a little fall color, Austin style.
The ‘Radrazz’ Knock Out rose I brought along from my old garden is knocking me out with a handful of bright blooms.
Its blue undertones play well with the blue-green agave behind it.
The new ‘Marilyn’s Choice’ abutilon is still going strong.
The ‘Pams’ Pink’ turk’s cap, which I’d thought was done for the season, opened one more soft-pink flower today.
And the sempervivum is doing what it does—just sitting there and looking beautiful.
These garlic chive seedheads—chock full of black seeds—look autumnal next to a golden glazed pot. Bonnie of Kiss of Sun kindly gave me a division from her garden. I haven’t planted them yet, but they seem happy enough in their temporary container. Thanks, Bonnie!
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