Early October Garden

A hibiscus flower usually has five petals (a single hibiscus). Thanks to modern cultivation techniques, some varieties can produce flowers with more than five petals – called “double hibiscus” – in a dazzling array of colors, sizes, and shapes

This last week hasn’t been one with drives or walks to enjoy nature. These photos are from the archives of my garden in a past October. In the present, there is still debris in the yard and several plants are looking tired from all the flapping in the wind from Hurricane Ian. Within a few weeks, it will be back to normal and I’ll share newer photos. Let’s take a look at the tropical double red hibiscus with its multi-layered ruffles.

Now let’s add a few Florida fire bush flowers.

I hope you have a beautiful October day.

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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

26 thoughts to “Early October Garden”

    1. I don’t get beautiful changing leaves. I see some of our Florida trees have leaves turning BROWN and falling to the ground. Nothing to get excited about. My tropical hibiscus try to bloom all year if they get enough water and sun. So I enjoy fall leaves vicariously thru photos and real flowers as long as I can.

  1. Your tropical flowers are gorgeous! I also am glad you are safe. Watched a YouTube video of people being rescued by the Coast Guard. Bless them for their calm and kindness. As always all the first responders and folks in general are helping each other out. So good to see! Continue to be safe and thank you for sharing another wonderful post.

    1. Denise I must tell you I always smile when I see a note from you. You stay safe – it’s fall and flu shots are available. Get yours if your doctor thinks you can. I’ll get mine this week. I hope to talk to you again soon.

  2. These are pretty. I’m glad you are okay and I know your garden will bounce back. We have a lot of debris as well, but I am grateful that’s all Ian left behind. Thanks for sharing at #aclwcc. Pinned and tweeted.

  3. Carol – I am glad to hear that you were not badly impacted by the storm … the plants and flowers in your post are gorgeous. Thanks for linking so faithfully to Mosaic Monday over the years!

    1. I’m going to try picking up the yard later this week. The stress of getting ready for Ian and waiting thru my lock-down set off my RA. I’ve been exhausted since Thursday (RA fatigue is a common symptom) and just trying to relax with TV.

  4. I am so glad you made out okay with Hurricane Ian. These flowers are just lovely and I’m sure your hibiscus plants will be looking like new in no time.

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