Late Afternoon In The Mid-October Garden

There were delightful sights, sounds and scents in today’s garden. A large bee buzzed and hovered near my face long enough to fan my cheek, making me smile. Late afternoon sunlight danced atop Angelonia in the meditation path.

Angelonia angustifolia ‘Angelface Blue’ (Summer Snapdragon)

Throughout the garden Echinacea is in various stages of its life cycle. Many of the plants are fading even as new flowers emerge on others.

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

More Camellia sasanqua flowers appear daily. The variety of this Camellia is unknown, but it is a highly fragrant one.

Camellia sasanqua

I noticed the first Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’ blossom is open. It seems early but actually last year this shrub was blooming on October 25.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’

Another fragrant shrub, Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ (Winter daphne), bloomed from late January to March last year. Today a dainty Daphne blossom made an early appearance.

Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ (Winter daphne)

8 thoughts on “Late Afternoon In The Mid-October Garden

  1. Cathy

    Such pretty blooms for this time of year. Do you feed the Echinacea, as its flowering season is so long? I like the shiny leaves of the Daphne, as well as the delicate flowers.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. Luckily, the Echinacea survives on its own here without extra attention. The Daphne foliage is nice (and evergreen) so I use it in front of the house as part of the foundation planting.

  2. paulinemulligan

    Flowers at this time of year are a joy and a bonus, we gardeners have to make the most of what is flowering now. Wonderful that your Daphne is flowering now, what a lovely scent it has. The Angelonia has been a star performer for you, lovely blue flowers looking very pretty in your sunshine.

  3. Christina

    I do like, but don’t have, autumn flowering Camellia sasanqua. Their blooms are more natural looking than most of the winter, spring varieties that often look like plastic flowers to me. Interesting too that Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ is flowering with you already, in the UK it flowers in early spring; I would love to find it here, it has such a wonderful perfume. Christina

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Perhaps the Daphne flower is a fluke–its timing is definitely off.
      I’ll have to observe various Camellias more closely, but I think I know what you mean about the sasanquas. I am trying to root a tea Camellia right now from a cutting taken at the home where I grew up. It has a simple, understated elegance that I like.


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