Wow! Here it is, halfway through November, and we've still got blooms in the garden! I feel like we're hanging by a thread here though and if the weather forecasters are correct, by this time next week, there may be nothing left at all. So let's sit back and enjoy the waning autumn color we've got:
We've got some chrysanthemums that have come and gone, but a few are still going strong, like this Prophet Series one that my grandma gave me this fall.
These Pansies (Viola) were grown from seed and are 'Park's Whopper Red'. You can see there can be quite a variation in color at this time of year. The one on the left is the usual appearance.
Dianthus 'Bouquet Pink Magic' - This is the one I couldn't resist buying in the spring. It was a good purchase, because it has bloomed non-stop the entire season.
Petunia 'Nautical Blue Mix' makes me think it will go right on blooming in spite of the coming cold weather. Snow, even. I have noticed the colors of the blooms are now a much deeper, darker color than they were earlier in the season, when it was warmer.
Chrysanthemum / Dendranthema 'Bolero' - The reason I've given two genus names for this one is because the people who assign plants with such things can't make up their minds. The current correct genus for this one is Chrysanthemum. Next week it could be something else.
Chrysanthemum x rubellum 'Clara Curtis' - Still going...
The Yellow Scabiosa (Scabiosa ochroleuca) surprised me! I didn't expect to see it and it's more ivory than yellow now.
Rose of Heaven (Silene coeli-rosa 'Cherry Blossom') is putting out a few blooms, paler than its earlier ones, with some of them being nearly all white. This annual is sometimes listed as Viscaria , Agrostemma, or Lychnis instead of Silene and it is known to self-seed.
I think the English Daisies (Bellis perennis) like the cooler weather over the warmer summer temperatures. They're blooming more and the foliage doesn't get droopy like it did in July and August.
The various cultivars of Gaillardia are still blooming, too, although the blooms are a little smaller in diameter.
Gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)
Echinacea purpurea 'Pink Double Delight'
Hydrangea macrophylla Forever and Ever® 'Double Pink'
Endless Summer® 'Blushing Bride' is also blooming - heavily!
Veronica spicata 'Icicle'
Notice the cat hair?
I see this on the flowers in my photos quite often. ;-)
Rudbeckia hirta 'Prairie Sun' bloom is looking good, if not the foliage. I grew this one from seed and it's still blooming while the one I bought as a plant earlier this year at Walmart finished blooming a couple of weeks ago or more.
Hardy geranium (Geranium sanguineum var. striatum) is still trying to bloom.
Johnny Jump-Ups (Viola tricolor)
Others currently in bloom:
- Campanula sp.
- Coreopsis 'Sweet Dreams'
- Doublefile Viburnum (Viburnum plicatum)
- Lobelia 'Crystal Palace'
- Delphinium elatum 'Magic Fountain Mix'
- Nodding Ladies' Tresses (Spiranthes cernua)
- Sedum 'Autumn Fire'
- Sedum 'Autumn Joy'
- Miniature Roses
- Clematis 'Jackmanii'
- Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost' is still blooming now that I've brought it inside for the winter. I really hope I'm able to keep it happy in here. So far, so good!
- Scotch Heather (Calluna vulgaris 'Tib')
And though they don't look like 'flowers', these grasses are blooming:
- Porcupine Grass (Miscanthis sinensis 'Strictus')
- Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln')
- Northern Sea Oats (Chasmantheum latifolium)
- Hakone Grass (Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola')
- Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus')
- A gust of wind appears out of nowhere.
- One of the cats either walks into the frame or rubs up against my hand that's holding the camera.
- A bug will crawl up my nose or into my ear.
So what do you have blooming for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day?