The blooms today are my old favorites: peony rose, begonia, passion flower, bird of paradise. We've had two days of rain-- most unexpected for us this time of year-- so the garden sparkles today. It's warm, so all the blooms that were in bud are coming out.
The peony rose ( I don't know it's botanical name, so if anyone has an idea, do let me know.) has got three blossoms and more buds. The other roses are busy giving me new blooms. Their stems have all gotten so tall that I will have to prune them back this winter. The garden is happy when the roses start to bloom again in the fall. The stress of summer is over and here, we still have weeks of warm weather, with the possibility of another heat wave. So goes our autumn in the Los Angeles area.
These begonias are the work horses of the garden this summer. No matter the weather they keep giving blossoms. You can see the shadows of the petals on this passion flower bloom. We have very nice clear skies today. A beautiful day.
And who else should show his colors today, but the bird of paradise, still unfurling more blossoms than he's ever shown in one season. Happy blooms for a lovely day.
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