Although today was the beginning…

…of meteorological Winter, there is still a rainbow of colors to be found in Nature!

Late Autumn Rose

Late Autumn Rose

Late Autumn Leaves

Late Autumn Leaves

Still g(r)o(w)ing strong…

…and looking splendid, don’t you think?

November’s Purple Hydrangeas

November’s Pink Hydrangeas

 

 

From an older garden…

…near the Lake Michigan shore.  The only building at this location which may have had a garden was a small lighthouse, which was demolished many decades ago.

Closed Morning Glory, Sweet Alyssum and Fallen Leaves

The Sweet Alyssum is a bit old-fashioned, as the same plant contains both purple and white flowers.

Sweet Alyssum

On Michigan Avenue…

…in a street planter, these beautiful Pentas were just begging to be photographed.

Pink Pentas

From Wiki:

Pentas is a genus of the Rubiaceae family of flowering plants. Pentas lanceolata is a particularly popular species. The plants have dark green, lance-shaped, somewhat furry and deeply veined leaves providing a backdrop for prolific clusters of never-ending, five-petaled flowers. These may be red, white, lavender, purple, or shades of pink. Some are two-toned. Pentas are attractive to butterflies, and hummingbirds. They are used in pots, baskets, and borders, where they can withstand full sunlight and need little to no care, growing even in locations that are dry and hot.

Here is another, with its equally gorgeous friend, the Caladium!

Pink Pentas and Caladium

A bit old-fashioned, you say?

The Cosmos was easily-grown by everyone more than 50 years ago…these days, they are rare to find.  Some say they are ‘not showy enough’, yet I beg to differ!

Soft Pink Cosmos

I’ve always loved the feathery, almost fern-like leaves.  Here’s another version:

Cerise Cosmos