But I took these photos at the end of last week, before forecast cold wave, just in case. Our first frost was a bit early, and that trend of earlier, strong - and dry - cold fronts is continuing. I'll note where blooms are less today, and if I have more time, I'll add in some current pics of the same areas later in the day. So, do check back!
|The blooms...a few bees and butterflies still enjoy these.|
|More Dahlberg Daisy off my bedroom patio, complimenting the golden leaf edges of the|
Twistleaf Yucca / Y. rupicola.
|Closer in - I saved a number of these buds by covering the pots, too.|
|This may be my last breakfast on the patio - at least wearing shorts - until next March, or so.|
|Haven't seen a hummingbird here for 2 weeks, or so. But had they stayed, they could enjoy|
more Autumn Sage blooms, in between taunting me to back off...
Instead, I ate my breakfast alone. But a nice view.
|Pink Guara / Guara lindheimeri still blooming, and bouncing around with every wind gust and passing car. They had white guaras in bloom too.|
|Saturday, even a stray Crepe Myrtle was in bloom further into town...lower and less chilly|
than up where I live.
|And with rain drops on the leaves. Yes, it even rains here. Just not enough.|
|To not leave with non-native habituals like guaras and crepe myrtles, it's Chocolate Flower / Berlandiera lyrata - just 1 block from my house in the foothills. And I saw it during that magic |
These are trying to flower again, as temperatures recover. The scent - everyone needs this where they sit for morning coffee.
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Not shown, but also blooming through this past weekend in lower and warmer parts of Abq, were a few of these; the last 3 are quite unusual this late -
Mexican Elder / Sambucus mexicana
Desert Willow / Chilopsis linearis
Apache Plume / Fallugia paradoxa
Fernbush / Chamaebateria millefolium
Hoping for more next month, but not unless that Rosemary comes through. Fingers crossed!
Don't forget to visit May Dreams Gardens for more bloom bragging - here!
Prologue - in addition to a late day update to the OK damianitas, finished penstemons, and almostsalvias above, I saw these mountain biking before sunset!
In order below -
1) mums, a small but exquisite rose (not all freeze-dried, either)
2) close-up of #1
3) Trailing Rosemary / Rosmarinus officianalis 'Prostrata'
4) close-up of #3 (finally some flowering rosemary!)