Talk about a late bloomer!
The first bud just started unfurling six days ago:
Lucky are we to even see it, at this late date in October.
I've never had a yellow Brugmansia before, for years I kept an 'Ecuador Pink' but finally let it go two gardening seasons ago.
Not sure why I decided to try another?
They are so labor intensive in our climate. I have to lug them indoors and down to the basement to force a dormancy period on them if I ever want them to reach their full potential.
I think I decided to try again because 'Charles Grimaldi' was supposed to be a fast growing cultivar, reaching 10' in his first year.
Well, that didn't happen but it's partially my fault since I didn't have him ideally situated (full sun) for the first part of the summer. Then, poor guy, got hailed on (notice the tattered leaves in the photo above) which also set him back.
There he is on the left (with the sun glare), perhaps three foot tall??
I will start him on his trek indoors soon as I think the last nice days are upon us.
Above: north garden pathway
Above: I *think* the Western Hognose snake from earlier this summer ~ soaking up some late fall sun next to my house. This is directly left of my faucet & I almost stuck my hand down on him!!!
Something prettier ~ a fenceline of cosmos:
Taken Wednesday, along the road where I drive my dog to his groomer.
The owner of the property said she was worried they weren't going to bloom, they opened so late.
That reassures me because mine behaved the same way. I hope they bloom awhile longer, they really catch your eye along that stretch of highway.
Now back to my clean up, I'm finally putting some things away.
About time, right??!!!