This is the second part to my blog post I started making yesterday. One might think that at the end of summer all the popular garden blooms have faded away. Not so! There are many fall season blooms that start to appear in September. Besides the pretty Autumn Crocuses that were previously talked about, here is another bloom just starting to make a showing in our local gardens—the flowering shrub, Angel’s Trumpet, also called Brugmansia. This plant is a member of the Nightshade family and all parts of it are very toxic. It also goes by the name Trumpet of Death. The blooms come in different colors, but the only ones I’ve seen have been white.
Now here is a flower, I have to admit, I have not seen before. It is called a Nerine Lily. It has pink, lily-like blossoms and is also a late summer/autumn bloom. Other names include Guernsey Lily, Jersey Lily, and Spider Lily.
One of the favorites in the flower gardens right now at Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, (where I do most of my floral photography) are the colorful Fuchsias. There are so many different varieties and color combinations. They have been blooming for months now and just seem to be getting more beautiful as time go on. I have seen them blooming even at times when it has snowed late in the year. Below are several images I just took yesterday.
The Fuchsia variety below is especially striking with their small, magenta colored flowers and stems against their bright, pale green leaves.
Other blooms in the garden are still going strong, including the Anemones and these red Wax Begonias. I opted to expose for the white Anemones in this particular shot.
One final image – a white Anemone bloom and a tall, spiky Baneberry bloom (Actaea) against a contrasting, dark background.
All photos property of Peggy A Thompson