Blues and purples are the colors of fall in my garden with an occasional splash of red. Mostly, it’s the salvias putting on a show. I do have a few mums that bloom each year, but I like to focus on those plants that bloom in fall that are a little less common.
This October, we have seen temperatures fluctuate from the mid-80’s in the day to one night that flirted with freezing temperatures. Fall is always a mix of weather here in Mississippi – you just never know what you’re going to get.
I also had a surprise visit from a young speckled king snake. I was out checking on the garden and looked down to see the speckled pattern of his back peeking through the weeds about two feet from my foot.
The weather was cool that day, so he barely moved when I got close to him to take his picture. I practice ‘live and let live’ in my garden and welcome the snakes, insects, and other critters that make their homes in my yard. He is a welcome visitor, but he still made me jump!