~Thunbergia grandiflora, blue sky vine~
The late September garden is filled with flower vines - the perennial morning glory has finally decided to bloom again (and again and again...) - the cypress vine (Ipomoea quamoclit) is starting to reach up to the first branch of the nearby live oak tree - and the blue sky vine is starting to bloom on the front fence (and climb the nearby ash tree, climbing the trunk almost to the top). I love Autumn in the southern garden, it's as if all of the garden's occupants do one big exhale, and start to grow once again.
I need to say a big thank you tonight to Annie in Austin of The Transplantable Rose fame. She kindly suggested my name to Associate Editor Michelle Gervais at Fine Gardening - which resulted in my writing a small piece for their Regional Reports on 'Three Garden Wishes' for my own southeastern garden (November/December 2009, Issue Number 130). It was alot of fun to write - and so, thank you Annie, and thank you Michelle for letting a microbiologist-by-day rant about florida betony in Fine Gardening magazine. It was a thrill.