If it weren’t for Carol, over at May Dreams Gardens, I’m not sure I would be out there between cloudbursts looking for lingering signs of life. Lo and behold, a few hardy souls are still pumping out flowers
Like this sedum.
The blossoms on Persicaria ‘Purple Shield’ go unnoticed most of their long blooming season. Now their “last man standing” status casts them in a new light.
While ‘Percy’s Pride’ outperforms all of the other kniphs. It manages to look fresh even while the downpours have taken the starch out of most of the remaining flowers in the garden.
It pays to look elsewhere for the late season drama:
The smoke tree turns many shades of red, russet and bronze.
A close-up reveals the modulation in a single leaf (love that thin line of bright red edging on a maroon leaf)
Spent blossoms leave behind these bracts (anyone know the exact terminology for them?) on the Hepatacodium miconoides.
Plain old barberry has a brilliant final act, paired with the skeletons of globe thistles
The same barberry bursts with bright red berries (or are they drupes?).
As does the beautyberry.
Rosa ‘Dortmund’ produces a nice crop of hips. If they weren’t so pretty, I might try making jelly…perhaps when there are more of them.
Out along the front fence, where we are encouraging a mixed hedgerow, several of these unidentified shrubs have volunteered.
Nice leaf form and pretty berries make them more than welcome.
If you are frustrated by winter scarcity, links over on Carol’s site can take you to tropical climes, or anywhere anyone gardens.