September in a Florida Garden
Some welcome rain brought the temperatures down and gave me a chance to go out and see what was happening in the garden. While one visitor definitely startled me, I was very happy to see the beautyberry changing color, a sure sign that fall is going to happen, even if our temperatures do not yet incline that way. Come along for a tour of what's in bloom.
Spotted horsemint, Monarda punctata.
Beautyberry, Callicarpa americana
This is the second round of bloom for my vitex, Vitex agnus-castus "Shoal Creek"
A brown anole, Anolis sagrei, checking things out from atop a solar light
Leavenworth's tickseed, Coreopsis leavenworthii,
Bird-of-paradise, Strelitzia reginae
Here's the visitor who stopped me in my tracks, a black racer (Coluber constrictor), hanging out at about eye height in my thryallis (Galphimia glauca).
Firebush, Hamelia patens, a magnet for Florida's state butterfly, the zebra longwing
Yes, aloe does bloom
I have not been happy with the planting around these tikis, which were carved by a local artisan, so yesterday I ripped everything out and put in these wonderfully variegated bromeliads (Vriesea "Splenriet") and I I hope they'll be happy because I really like how they look here.