These zinnias have really taken off since the temperatures have tapered off. During the middle of the summer the were leggy and drying out. Now they are so perky. I understand why they are one of my friend's favorite flowers. As you can see, they grow up through everything!
This little plant can be a real pest. I am constantly pulling it up but this vine spreads like crazy. It's even climbing my roses and some of my bushes. My Papa used to call it hummingbird vine. But it's pretty, and for some reason it reminds me of Christmas.
I couldn't leave out these three beauties! These are all vinca, and come back every year. This year I did with them what I did with the celosia, and transplanted them when they were large enough. They have just about taken over my garden, but the color is wonderful!
This year I planted some dahlias. They make beautiful cut flowers, especially since the flowers are very large and full. Several in a vase make a stunning arrangement. I have some on my dinner table right now!
See the bees? They were humming something fierce Sunday. They didn't like it when I started cutting some of this celosia for drying. I was amazed to feel the breeze from their wings when they passed. I've always thought of bees as being a spring and summer insect, but the mid October weather wasn't holding them back. There were hundreds of them in the yard.
Finally, one of my favorites, the sage. This plant came from a cutting from one of my mom's plants a couple of years ago. Last year we had a couple of dogs running through the yard and I thought they had killed it. Came back with a vengeance this year. I have it at the edge of my patio, and when you brush up against it or pinch the leaves, the smell is just heavenly. And yes, red is one of my favorite colors.
Hope you enjoyed the pictures! Isn't God's design incredible?