Time Pass

When you find yourself in South Asia and ask a local, “What are you up to?”, you will often here them reply “Time pass”. And here I am, as a still newbie gardener, passing the time and learning the unique excitement of each day.

The pictures below are from mid-August through mid-October, starting with a vigorously flowering variegated bougainvillea:

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Boug set between the floriferous mandevilla and above/next to the multicolored dahlia:

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Multicolored dahlia:

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Wild morning glory vines above and beyond the rosebush:

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The rosebush in it’s magnificent autumn period:

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Geraniums, lavender, & hydrangea foliage:

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A bee exiting an almost expired passiflora incense flower:

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Mexican petunia, in front of the Japanese Umbrella pine, rose bush, and morning glories:

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I’ve winterized since mid-Oct and the chill is now here. The morning glories are denuded but, wonderfully, still in flower – a cornucopia of purples and deep and pale blues, each day with something new to give.

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The waning flowers and burgeoning berries of of autumn attracted a brown hummingbird and a ruby crowned kinglet. I never knew such things lived in, or passed through, the middle of this big city. In an attempt to maximize appeal to such birds, as well as butterflies and bees, I have made a 2015 plan with larkspur, sweet peas, viburnum, hollyhocks, and more. For now, though, the shrubs are shedding their leaves, the Christmas lights are up, and the heath and heather are en route to crimson. A wonderful fall, indeed!

 

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