Only one bunch in bloom so far, but pretty soon I foresee a hillside adorned with cheery yellow flowers.
Amid the grey, gloomy days of winter, daffodils offer hope of brighter days ahead.
|Daikon foliage, pre-deer (the stems coming out of the daikon at the bottom of the photo are actually from another annual - redwhisker clammyweed - that was growing in the same area where I scattered the daikon seeds)|
|Daikon foliage, post-deer (or possibly post-rabbit)|
|A couple of daikon radishes pulled from the concrete, er... clay, soil|
|Sliced daikon makes a lovely salad topping|
|So many hopes and dreams in these packets...|
|No rain in 2 months? If you're Salvia greggii (autumn sage), apparently you don't care.|
|Balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus)|
|More balloon flowers still to come! They're budding and getting ready to bloom as we head toward mid-November!|
|Bee on the blanket flower (Gaillardia x grandiflora). This is a volunteer blanket flower. I like how this photo shows the multiple stages the flower goes through. On the bottom right, you have a bud just starting to open. After the flower blooms, the petals fall off to reveal a yellow puffball. Eventually, you have the smaller silver starbursts that fade to tan. It's hard to think of a flower that looks prettier at every stage of its life!|
|"This flower ain't big enough for the two of us."|
"Um...yes it is."
|Blue mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum), a native that's been blooming for months and attracting small clouds of skipper butterflies on warm days. (This was a cool, breezy morning. No butterflies in sight.)|
|Unknown Camellia sasanqua and honeybee. This plant and a few Russian sages are the favorite plants for honeybees in my autumn garden.|
|Aronia arbutifolia (red chokeberry). The berries are pretty, but birds don't seem interested in them. And having tried them, I can tell you there's a reason they're called chokeberry - their astringency is off the charts. I may actually be removing this plant from the front foundation once these berries have fallen off. The foundation planting is a little overcrowded and I'd rather give more space to the adjacent oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia).|
|A few pretty fruits on the 'Sugar Tyme' crabapple. I think this crab gets ravaged by cedar-apple rust fungus spread from all the nearby eastern redcedars that I planted (Juniperus virginiana). It's a pity. Maybe it would do better on decent soil with irrigation, but it's surviving (and sending up suckers) on heavy clay in hot baking sun all day.|
|Senna marilandica (wild senna) seedpods. Lots of seedpods on this plant. I harvested many of the seeds, but have left these to dry on the plant (and hopefully provide some volunteers).|
|Tomatoes in November?! Well, we have had record warmth recently... This is an unnamed volunteer cherry tomato that sprung up next to the house. I didn't harvest many fruits from it this year, but the chipmunk(s) got some.|
|The autumn drought has meant that leaf colors have been muted for the most part, but this Viburnum ashei is putting on a good show. Love the reds!|
|Can you spot the tiny pollinator here?|
|Caterpillar (perhaps hummingbird clearwing moth, Hemaris thysbe) with braconid wasp cocoons on Viburnum dentatum 'Chicago Lustre'|
|Unknown caterpillar snacks on arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum 'Chicago Lustre') leaf|
|I think this might be a young eastern gray treefrog, but I'm no herpetologist!|