Good morning everyone-We had our first frost of the Fall about a week ago. So most all of the annuals and perennials are dead so yesterday when I was working outside in the garden since it was a beautiful day I saw two colorful surprises.
The first one is on one of my hibiscus while you will see in the first pic the leaves are all dead as they are on all 4 of this color hibiscus so when on that same plant there is color and a few very much alive and blooming blossoms it was a treat and a surprise. Maybe it is because the blooms are on the bottom of the plant and the frost hit the top of the plant and somehow missed getting the bottom of the plant.
Now the second surprise was in a container in front of these hibiscus where I have two iris plants. One is blooming and it so pretty. I think if I remember right a few of the irises were rebloomers which is they bloom in Spring and Fall. The real treat to this is the fact that I have this temporarily in the container because where I had planted them all in the ground the moles were eating them so I dug them all up and put them wherever I could find spots for them temporarily until I could transplant them all into a aluminum screened protected raised beds. I have started that but hadn't got to these yet.
The one thing I did discover when I started redoing the irises is one of the raised bed that I had put screening on was all chewed up presumably by the moles so I took all the dirt out and put a double layer of screening in the bed and hope the heck it works. If not then I will have to put something different in there that the damn moles won't bother. They weren't satisified eating 1000 of my tulips bulbs they had to start on my irises too and they got at least one of them because the foliage lay on top of the ground minus the rhizome or whatever they call iris bottoms.
Here is my beautiful iris. I will enjoy the bloom for however long it lasts.