Friday, October 14, 2016

The Garden in October

I took a walk around the garden and took some pictures, today.

The Back Garden

Doesn't look very exciting, does it?  But it is limping along, as we start our 5th year of drought, this October.

The jasmine plant is growing nicely under the shade of the curry leaf tree:

Jasmine Plant

Nearby, a dandelion is adding a bit of bright yellow:


And the asparagus fern, growing against the side wall, is covered with white flowers:

Asparagus Fern and Flowers

Close Up of the Asparagus Fern Flowers

The hibiscus plant has flowers, too:


There are still some roses blooming too!

Pink Roses

Love the coloring on this one, below:

Double Colored Roses

And lilac roses:

Lilac Rose

The gazanias are doing well, and there's a volunteer curry leaf plant growing among them!


The volunteer mimosa plant which was growing in the middle of the garden, which we dug up and planted in a pot, is growing new leaves:

Mimosa Plant

In the front garden, the pomegranates look a bit like Christmas ornaments:


But the iceberg roses we planted in the spring are not doing too well:

Struggling Roses

It was too hot and dry for them.  But one rose bush is trying its best to add a little color:

Rose Hips

The flower bed along the covered walkway leading to the front door is doing its best to stay green:

Planting Bed Along the Walkway

The pot of succulents by the front door step is doing well:


As are the aloes planted along the side wall:


The flower bed under the living room window is looking rather sad:

Flower Bed Under the Window

It was planted with African daisies, plumeria, and monstera:

Plumeria Plant to the left; African Daisies around it

There were three monstera plants - they are just a memory, now.  Most of the African daisy plants have died, too.  They will be pulled out and self-seeded plants will come up in the spring:

New Seedlings Will Grow in the Spring

And that is a brief tour of the garden in October.


  1. I like the aloes and succulents. I find those plants give the garden structure, texture and form. If you can find flowering plants that give some colour for short periods of time throughout the season, then bonus. But those plants, and your yuccas and the asparagus fern are lovely in the garden. Your roses are beautiful and I wish I had better luck growing those.

    1. Thanks, Susan. I am thinking of planting more succulents and aloes in the front, as it gets the strong afternoon and evening sun.

      I wish I could have shown you pictures of my garden as it used to be, when I had almost 100 rose bushes (98 to be exact) all in bloom! Ah, the good old days, when there was plenty of water for the garden. :)

  2. What part of the country do you live in? I enjoyed the tour of your garden and was especially fascinated by the flowers on the asparagus fern. I've never seen that before. However here, they are houseplants. Maybe that has something to do with it.

    1. I am in Southern California. We are in the 5th year of drought and under water restrictions. We are allowed to water the garden 3 times a week, but I have been watering the garden once, occasionally twice, a week to stay under the Tier 1 (lowest cost per gallon) water allocation amounts and keep costs down.

  3. How lovely to be able to "tour" your garden with you. I particularly liked the rose with the double colour, and the photo of the succulents is worth framing! I'm glad that some of the plants are surviving the years of drought, but I hope that there will be some regular, steady rainfalls in the future for the other plants.

    1. Thank you, Bushlady. We are all hoping for more rain this winter (our rainy season). In the meantime, my friend who does my garden and I have decided to make a few changes - we will move the iceberg roses from the front to the back garden, plant more succulents, etc. That's the nice things about gardens, isn't it? They are constantly evolving. :)

  4. BLess , I am so sorry about the drought.. Do you get rain on up in winter months? I loved all the pretty flowers peeking out, even with all the drought.
    We got a rain today..we were so thankful , as its been a long time, and everything was needing water. I know it is very hard for you to keep all that watered..
    Have a great day.

    1. Judy I'm so glad you got some rain.

      Yes, the winter months are supposed to be our rainy season. We are supposed to get some showers this weekend, but we'll see if it actually rains or not. I live in an area where we don't get as much rain as adjoining areas - my friend who lives 5 miles away will have a shower of rain and I won't get a single drop!

  5. I'm amazed that, in the middle of the intense drought, you still have as many live plants as you do! That double color rose is my favorite, how beautiful.

    My hibiscus has lost all its flowers but I console myself by looking at my neighbor's huge hibiscus bush (the parent plant to mine) and realizing that it lost all its flowers as well.

    The aloe baby plants that I had planted in ground didn't fare well, I'm afraid. Oh well. Yours look beautiful!

    They sell fresh aloe leaves (I guess they're "leaves") in the Hispanic food section at Save A Lot. Does Sri Lankan cuisine use aloe leaves as well? I wonder how it's used in hispanic cooking, I'll have to research that.

    1. Thanks, Nathalie. I guess I give them just enough water to keep them going. :)

      I have some other aloe plants that aren't doing as well as these. It seems to depend on where I plant them. The wall provides just enough shade in the afternoon for the plants to do well. The ones I planted in the parkway and in the middle of the garden are more exposed to the sun and not doing as well. As far as I know, we don't cook aloe leaves, or, if we do, it's something I've not cooked.

  6. Your garden is so beautiful. I love the asparagus fern! I don't think it would flourish here, but I have jasmine and dandelions. You obviously have a great eye for the garden. The drought must be really tough! x

    1. Thank you, Lyssa. I'm glad to hear that we have jasmine and dandelions in common! :D

  7. Your roses are so pretty and colorful! I recall years ago that you mentioned having almost 100 rose bushes. Have you tried Knock Out roses? They are very hardy. In our climate we use bark mulch in flower beds to retain the moisture after watering and it does help. Wonder if that may be an option for you also?

    1. Carolyn, I haven't tried Knock Out roses, but now I am thinking I should try them! Thanks for mentioning them. I shall look into them. :)

  8. You are doing pretty well, considering the weather extremes! I like the asparagus fern with the little white star flowers! How magical!

    1. Those asparagus fern flowers lasted only one day! And I have seen them only once after that!


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