for summer's last hours. What a terrific, vivid color to go out on, don't you think? Leonotis leonurus is the most vivid of all ~ finally in bloom ~ like it was saving itself for the occasion.
I'm so glad it made it too. It would have been a shame to miss out on these unique, whorly blooms. I have three plants, none exceptionally happy, planted in the "crown" of the strawberry jar. Here's the whole container but I warn you, it's difficult to even make out there's a strawberry jar under that jungle of foliage:
See what I mean?? It kind of got out of control!
I loved the architectural interest the dead Leonotis stalks created two winters ago (when they were planted in this same container/position.) You can also see the strawberry jar MUCH better in this photo.
Leonotis was happier that summer ~ it grew much taller and bloomed weeks earlier ~ I'm not sure what the difference could be?
Another beautiful "end-of-summer" orange that is always welcome here, a Monarch butterfly stopping by the still blooming, never quits, Centranthus rubra (Jupiter's Beard):
Thank goodness for that and isn't the Monarch brilliant? There wasn't a tattered, torn spot on him. I hope he can stay that way on the long journey to Mexico.
I never get tired of snapping pictures of them, I only wish there were more opportunities.
Finally, the last orange ~ the tiered, pumpkin topiary (you might remember it from last year?) is once again gracing the front step:
I guess it's really time to leave summer behind, sad as that thought makes me.
I still won't stop hoping for more summer days tho, as many as I can get!