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Mid-Autumn 2018

We've had some idyllic days in Durham this week. These photos were taken Oct. 31st thru Nov. 8th.

My sister, Annette took a beautiful photo on the rooftop garage by her workplace in the old Liggett & Myer's area (adjacent to West Village). We are enjoying our brief Indian Summer now. It's predicted to be in the 40's soon.

Downtown Durham 11 6 18 looking Southwest

Another double duty plant- Red Hibiscus.

Hibiscus in the pond

The great weather is fooling some plants. They think it's Spring.

Cushion spurge starting it's chartreuse green in Nov.

Hellebore with new growth. Normally, I see this in late winter.

Hellebores and new growth in Nov.

Kanjiro camellia from Cheryl S. This plant is already producing flowers.

It's very small, about 13 inches and has six flower buds already.

Kanjiro camellia - bloomed and it's only about 13 inches high

Moon Shadow camellia. Could this finally be a flower bud? I've had this bush for five autumns. It's growing, but not producing flowers. It's only three or four feet away from the Kanjiro camellia.

Moonshadow camellia after five autumns, will it ever bloom?

Yuletide Camellia. The pollinators love this. Check out the small bee gathering pollen in November. I didn't see him when I was taking the photo.

Yuletide camellia with bee

The forsythia is starting it's autumnal change.

Forsythia is starting it's autumn show Nov. 8

Variegated Fritillary on the passion vine, Oct. 31. I hope they can over winter.

Variegated Fritillary caterpillar Oct. 31st

I will have to cull some of the passion vines next year. This "fruit" will pop and spread many seeds. The nickname of this plant is May Pop.

Passion vine fruit Nov. 4

The White shamrocks are also acting like it is Spring.

Shamrocks Nov. 8

The Needle point Holly is starting to form it's future red berries.

Holly berries Nov. 8 cultivar

My wreath adorned with plants from the garden.

Wreath with hydrangea blossoms, red twig dogwood and pennisetum "Fireworks"

Warbler in the butterfly bush. I'm not sure what kind of warbler he is. The bill and body shape tells me it's not a gold finch. Update 1/16/2022- This is a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. I spotted one today with the red spot on his head. Now, I can add a new bird to my inventory. Participating in Great Backyard Bird Counts has really increased my knowledge of bird identification.

Warbler in the butterfly bush

The longest blooming salvia ever! This is Moody Blues Pink in early November. 6 23 2019 My mistake, this is a Veronica not a salvia. I just noticed the error.

Longest blooming Veronica ever-Moody Blues Pink, Nov. 8

Re-seeding pink salvia. It changes to this lovely salmon color when it's cool.

re-seeding pink salvia Nov. 8

I've planted snapdragons in the hopes that we will have our predicted mild winter. They behave a lot like pansies.

Mild winter is predicted for Southeast- So I've planted snapdragons for color

The yellow begonias have loved our wet and mild weather.

Yellow begonias Nov. 8

Berries on the Eleanor Tabor Hawthorn bush.

Eleanor Tabor Hawthorne Nov. 8

Early Amethyst Beauty Berry bushes are changing to chartreuse.

Beauty Berry bushes are starting the Fall color change Nov. 8

This white azalea is not a re-blooming variety. I hope that it will still produce blossoms in the Spring.

White double blossom azalea is forming it's blossoms too early, Nov. 8

The purple oxalis is thriving in the moisture and coolness.

Purple oxalis Nov. 8

Normally, the Heavenly Blue morning glory is at peak in September.

This photo was taken in early November.

My garden stalwarts, a butterfly bush and Black and Blue sage/salvia.

It's been an unusually wet late Summer/Early Fall but we are loving it at the moment!

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