Late summer small observations

This has to be my favorite time of year in the garden. Everything is full-sized, the humidity drops and the breezes start blowing, the katydids and crickets all start singing -- just wonderful!


Here are just a few things that I've noticed the last couple of days, starting with bamboo canes. They're "canes" after they've been cut, and these have been left leaning for a while. I like them here as they really complement the background colors -- too bad they're blocking a path.

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From pretty to ugly...


...I'm not really sure what's going on with this Agave. At least it's dying from the outside and not the middle. What does this mean? Can't be too little water -- too much?

Another one that is puzzling:


This Opuntia put up an almost cylindrical pad when growing inside with little light and no soil. (It's not easy as an overwintering plant at my place!) The three (!) pads that this one put out are fairly cylindrical too. What is this going to look like when it's bigger?

Speaking of bigger, how about this castor bean leaf?


It's not the biggest in my garden by far, but it's so easy to view...


...as it's right outside the kitchen window. I mean just inches away! So nice, especially with the backdrop of yellow provided by the Rudbeckia triloba horde.

I know I post photos of these every year, but the maypop (Passiflora incarnata) blooms are just so...


...amazing! It just seems like a mistake that this is a Missouri native. With this and Hibiscus lasiocarpos, we've got quite a tropical duo there!


I apologize for brief and unreliable posts this week. Hope to back to a steady stream of posts soon.

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chavliness  – (September 4, 2016 at 10:47 AM)  

The Passiflora bloom is unreal. The fruit is quite unusual as well, both in looks and flavor;
What do you do with all the bamboo canes?

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