In South Alabama we don't get to see the leaves change during the fall. Well, actually I do get to see some leaves change..only because my next door neighbor has a Japanese Maple in their front yard. We do have some slight change in leaves here....but not as bold as the northern regions. Our trees usually go from green to brown. We have to get Fall color from other places. So today...you will see Fall colors.....Southern Style. These pictures are from my garden as well as The Hydrangea Queen's (Ramona). Taken @ Ramona's garden Mexican flame vine from Ramona's garden. I have one of these....it never bloomed. Clearly it isn't getting enough sun. It is on my list of 20+ things to move this weekend!
Ramona's Pagoda Plant...isn't it awesome. Hers is a few years old, so it is much bigger than mine...but I LOVE it! It is such a neat plant.
The bloom is pretty large....and very unique.
I love to see the changes in the colors on hydrangeas......
Ramona had this plant at here house, but my mom also used to have it at her old house. Ramona called it an October Flower, but mom called it a Swamp Sunflower. They used to grow wild up at my grandparents, and that's what everyone called them...Swamp Sunflower. I kinda like that name.....so that's what I am going to call it!
It gets really tall.....over 10+ feet. Mom said it grows aggressively...similar to mexican Petunia. I can deal with that. I just pull my un-wanted Mexican Petunia up whenever I see it somewhere I don't want it to grow. Now this time next year....I may hate this Swamp Flower, and dig every bit of it up....but that's why this blog is named Trials & Tribulations of a Southern Gardener.
It is a really pretty flower though
This is one of my hydrangeas...and I thought this was really odd. While the rest of the plant is changing, one little bud decided it didn't want to change...it still wants to flourish!