This small flower with its bright lavender stamen never opens further than this. Yet it packs a punch of color. It grows in the yard of my friend Megan down the street. Its botanical name is Malvaviscus arboreus, or "Turk's Cap" and it's related to the hibiscus.
This vine grows on my neighbor's fence - it's covered with bright orange flowers and tons of buds. It's Thunbergia gregorii, also called "Golden Clock Vine."
This vine grows on a gate to a driveway down the hill. More shy to bloom - there were only a few clusters of flowers open, but they are such a pretty color they stand out. It's also a Thunbergia - and how different it is from it's relation, above! I think this is Thunbergia grandiflora, the "Blue Sky Flower."
The bright vermillion flowers of Tecomaria capensis, or "Cape Honeysuckle," a vigorous shrub growing in a front yard down the street, attract hummingbirds in our mild autumn weather.
These are the flowers I encounter on my morning walk. Here in Southern California, they're still blooming, well into November.