Here it is mid-October we’ve had a little rain, very little, and cooler days and nights. I look around my garden and see signs of Fall, but amazingly there are still many plants blooming. A few days ago my husband came in from working outside and brought me in a lovely rose, Double Delight, saying “You have a bush full of these out there.” A week ago I looked up from an indoor chore and spotted my rose, Rio Samba, in full bloom – more blossoms than all summer.
The honey bees are still buzzing around the Salvia greggii-Navajo Bright Red. These hardy plants have flowers year-round and in the spring and summer attract not only the honey and other bees, but butterflies and hummingbirds as well. I also have a purple-blue rosemary that is still blooming. The orange whorls of the Leonotis Lion’s Tail are another welcome sight. Unfortunately, the deer got to my zinnias, or we would still have them in all colors. And amazingly the Narcissus are already showing their dainty heads.
On the northwest side of our house grow Helianthus maximilianii, given to me by my old friend and neighbor, Rosie Bennett. This is a type of sunflower; it is a perennial which grows in stalks 8 to 10 feet tall and spreads just as wide all spring and summer. In the fall each stalk is topped with three to eight 3-inch bright yellow sunflowers which look so happy waving in the fall breezes. Plant these against a fence or wall so the wind doesn’t knock them over. One of the best things about this plant is the deer haven’t bothered it.
My garden is not that unusual having colorful blooms this time of year; a few days back I walked through my friend Maud’s garden and she too has colorful flowers everywhere. The front of Maud’s home is lined with large pots of vivid red geraniums, Pelargoniums, they are woody-based perennials that can handle our light frosts, but not hard freezes. The large gardenia at the front gate still has a few of its pure white very fragrant blossoms. The front patio has pots of vinca periwinkle, viola pansies, and Dianthus adding more color. In the driveway circle planter there is the soft blue Plumbago, tiny white sweet alyssum, and some dark blue periwinkle.
Besides the color of the flowers we have the color of the trees – changing to their fall yellows, oranges, reds, and browns. Perfect for decorating for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Also, the red and green of the Pyracantha remind us of Christmas which is just around the corner.
Speaking of Christmas; soon it will be time to decorate your home and office for that holiday. Please come out to the Union Hall on Baker Road to Red Bluff Garden Club’s annual Scholarship Christmas Boutique & Greens Sale. You can order custom made wreaths, centerpieces, swags, or other designs by calling 527-9403. This year we plan to have the boutique open Wednesday, Dec. 4 and be open daily through 12 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, times to be announced later. All proceeds support our Lorna Bonham Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Enjoy your Halloween and Thanksgiving with family and friends. Count your blessings.
Come join us at our October and November Garden Club Meetings. Refreshments and social 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.; the meeting starts at 1 p.m.. The October meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 29, the speaker is Caz Hansen from MoonBeam Farms. Hansen will talk on “Lavender & Loofahs.” The November meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 26, the speaker is Carol Rowlette whose talk is Caring for Orchids.
The Red Bluff Garden Club is affiliated with the Cascade District Garden Club; California Garden Clubs, Inc; Pacific Region Garden Clubs and Natural Garden Clubs Inc.