We have had a delightful fall once October started. Still dry as a bone, but the cooler weather, especially the cooler nights, have helped the plants immensely. I can almost hear them give a big sigh of relief without the searing, killing heat of the summer. The Pyracanthea is in full berry right now, a definitive harbinger of autumn. This hardy tree is struggling, though you might not know it. It was overgrown and out of control when I bought the house, and the thorns were terrible. I cut it back tremendously two years in a row, and then I tied it up to the house so it would stand upright and away from passersby. All of the changes put it into shock, and I’m not sure if it will ever recover at this point. The top half completely died away. However, I actually like the smaller size of it now, if it will fill in through the branches.
If I didn’t know better, though, I would think this was spring! My yard seems to be suffering from a rampant case of Seasonal Confusion Syndrome (SCS).
This Photinia sends out new red leaves every spring, and apparently occasionally in the fall in years when we jumped from winter to summer with no Spring. I love those colors, even though I don’t love the tree because of its tendency toward diseases and short life.
I took advantage of fall planting season to plant a new bed of Bicolor Butterfly Iris. I was pleased with myself that I had prepared the bed in August, cleaned it up and laid on a 3″ layer of organic compost from Natural Gardener. That bed is healthy! The Iris obviously agrees, as it sent up a bloom – again, an early spring bloomer under normal circumstances.
I have lived in this home for 9 years now, and this Mock Orange blooms beautifully every March. In fact, it’s one of my early indicators that the Spring Garden has awakened. Last week, it sent out this single bloom! What’s happening in my yard? Is it a time warp? Something wacky in the space-time continuum?
This Loropetulum blooms every Spring AND Fall, so it seems to be acting normal.
Another look at the Pyracanthea.
And the remaining berries on the Beautyberry.
And perhaps it isn’t confused plants I’m seeing, but a confused Gardener looking at nature’s impromptu celebration? We didn’t have Spring this year, rather we jumped into the worst Summer in over 50 years in Austin. These plants are feeling frisky in the welcome weather, just like we are. What Fall/Spring things are happening in your yard????