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

I couldn’t resist stopping on my way to work to take photos at Como Park. The trees were spectacular in the morning sunshine:

Como Park in sun

On the way home, I had to stop to admire the artistic clouds from the storms rolling through the Twin Cities:

Como Park with a storm rolling in

Our perennial garden has been full of bees, wasps and other insects for the last couple of weeks.

yellow jacket crawling on pearly everlasting

The pearly everlasting is especially enticing to this pair of paper wasps.

a yellow jacket head peering over pearly everlasting