AUTUMN APPROACHES

Hi There!

It’s great to see the high summer temperatures coming down to a more enjoyable 25-30 degree’s and especially the cooler overnight temperatures.  The humans enjoy the milder autumn weather as do the plants.  A lot of Salvia’s are coming into bloom now and ‘Anthony Parker’ is looking fantastic and it won’t be long and it will be flowering.  The karwinskii varieties are large Salvia’s which mostly flower in late Autumn/Winter and these are putting on lots of growth ready to flower soon.  A lot of the greggii hybrids are in flower including ‘Musk Pink’, ‘Sensation’, ‘Quirky Colleen’, ‘Raspberry’, ‘Red Beacon’.  Salvia juriscii with its interesting foliage and upside down flowers is blooming nicely.

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Below is Salvia juriscii with its heavily dissected leaves which nearly look fern leaves.  Yes I know its blurry, but you get the picture!

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There you go!  How’s that one? A bit clearer  I think.  On the subject of the weather, some rain would be appreciated now so the tank starts to fill again and then I wouldn’t have to water so much.  Never happy us gardeners.  Here’s a collection of Salvia’s in flower and other plants of course.

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Plants start to feel the change in the weather at this time of year and it won’t be long and we will start to see the real marker of Autumn, deciduous colours.  those lovely reds, oranges, yellows and other leaf colours.  That’s what Autumn is really about for me.

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Above is ‘Quirky Colleen’ in flower looking good.  Below is a close up.

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Here’s ‘Desert Blaze’ below with its bright red flowers and variegated leaves.  Variegated foliage is not my thing and I think I only have two plants with variegated leaves.  Both being Salvia’s, go figure!

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Here’s a close up of its flower.

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Below is ‘Angels Wings” with its lovely pale to mid pink flowers.

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A dusting of icing sugar comes to mind, not sure why.  Why is it when you see an object or picture that an odd description can pop into your mind which may or may not have a connection? The power of the mind I suppose.

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Here’s Salvia radula about to come into bloom with its beautiful white flowers.

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‘Royal Bumble’ above and  we finish with Agastache auranitica below, which surprising is not a Salvia but is in the same family Lamiaceae,  Sort of like cousins.  An interesting fact for you!  Plants that are in the Lamiaceae family have square stems or loosely stems with four corners.  Check out your mint plants!

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Cheers!

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