Below, Aloe deltoideodont
Also reactivating are Aloes. Besides A. deltoideodontea, the easier-to-spell species A. suprafoliata is developing a flower stem:
Farther along is Aloe fosteri, which produces a single, very branched and towering stem
It displayed a beautiful range of colors just as the sun appeared. The leaves of Aloe vanbalenii glow in the background.
Even reluctant bloomer 'Grassy Lassy' has flowers again.
Also reawakened by cooler nights are the young Grevilleas. Perhaps when more established they will be able to bloom in summer, but this year, they rested. 'Superb':
The cooler nights of October also mean the end of Dahlia season. 'Catching Fire'
October is also usually the stellar month for individual rose flowers, but not this year. It's been a terrible year for the roses, with Chili Thrips destroying nearly every flower. If I want roses next year I face regular insecticide spraying. Still, a few roses survive to bloom, like 'Yves Piaget':
Months of heat have nurtured the few subtropicals in the garden. Truly fierce heat seems to have stimulated the new Bougainvillea 'California Gold'. Surrounded by reflected heat from tile and stucco, in a heat-absorbing ceramic pot, it is thriving where the previous plant, Rosa 'Iceberg' failed to be happy.
A bright pink Pentas has also enjoyed the long hot summer. It looks very happy:
While Echeveria 'Pollux' bloomed in summer heat, the new round of flowers are not infected with heat-loving black aphids.
To end, a goodbye to the Brassica/Miltonia hybrid orchid, about to bloom out. Who knows if it will ever bloom again, but the ten-year wait since the last flower stem wasn't so bad...
Huh. More flowers than I thought I'd find. More also of garden bloggers celebrate the blooms of October--links at May Dreams. Enjoy!