Even as most of our flowers were winding down for the year, some took advantage of the early October rain and unseasonably warm weather to come back to life.

Like the geranium, which bloomed in spring and again in late summer…


The white coneflower, which was eaten by rabbits in the spring before it could bloom and finally decided to try again…

coneflower bud

The tomatoes, which did produce lots of fruit during the normal growing season and tried again anyway…

tomato flower

A sunflower that sprouted extra blooms after the main flower head had gone to seed…

sunflower buds growing at the base of each leaf

The broccoli, which didn’t make any progress until October…

broccoli plant

The dahlia that didn’t even send up leaves until late August…

dahlia buds

And the feverfew that has been blooming all season long.

feverfew flowers

Judging by our front yard, bumblebees sleep in hollyhocks.


They rest in or cling to the blooms, sometimes upside-down.

bumblebees in two hollyhock flowers

This sleeping bumblebee must have been too tired to leave after gathering so much pollen.

a bumblebee covered in hollyhock pollen

I gently petted this bee, and he kicked his legs out but didn’t fly away. It made me think of a protesting teenager: “Five more minutes, Mom!”

a sleepy bee kicking its legs

Looking bedraggled after spending a night in the rain.

a wet bumblebee resting on a hollyhock flower

Do not disturb.

a bee sleeping in a pink hollyhock flower

We are converting much of our lawn into gardens, both perennials and vegetables. Most of the flowers returned this year, although some, like the bunchberry, didn’t. And some others showed up as a surprise:

A bunch of daisies

Daisies: they may be invasive weeds, but they’re still pretty.

A reddish zinnia

Zinnias: I planted these in hanging baskets and they didn’t come up. Perhaps they were relocated to the front yard by the wind or birds.

Orange flowers - possibly calendula

I believe these are calendula. Another flower that I planted elsewhere (in two other locations), but rabbits got one spot and the other didn’t come up.

Sometimes, my penchant for letting shoots grow until they’re proven to be weeds pays off.