You'd think with all the warm weather we've had lately, we would have more blooms for November Garden Blogger's Bloom Day, wouldn't you? There are some, but we've had a couple of hard freezes and that made all but the hardiest of blooms turn to mush.
I don't take "walk-throughs" that often in the garden anymore, because there's not that much different to see from day to day. Any changes are kind of like spring in reverse. But it is fun to spot a few blooms here and there as Thanksgiving looms right around the corner.
Chrysanthemum 'Matchsticks' had its initial flush of blooms, then put out a few more, low on the plant. The color is deeper on these late blooms than the earlier ones. Other mums are still blooming, too, and several of them have new shoots of growth spreading around the base of the plants.
The Giant Yellow Scabiosa didn't wink a bit at the freezing temperatures, but I imagine it too will stop blooming when we have temperatures below freezing on a consistent basis.
It seems the Peacock Orchids (Acidanthera) takes longer and longer to bloom each year. I thought it was going to skip this summer altogether until I noticed one lonely bloom. It was enough to allow me a whiff of its heavenly fragrance. I moved it to the front porch in hopes of keeping it just warm enough to bloom some more.
These Love-In-A-Mist (Nigella damascarena) are annuals, but they self-seed prolifically. I didn't plant these this spring, but they came up where I had them last summer and that was fine with me. I've let them drop their seeds this year, so I'll have them once again next year.
The Calendula don't seem to mind the cold either and keep right on bloomin'.
The variegated Abutilon lived outside all summer and I just recently brought it in. It may have been okay on the front porch, but I didn't want to take the chance with this one.
The full-sized roses survived several frosty nights, but the one we had a few nights ago, where the thermometer bottomed out in the lower 20s, blackened them a bit. The miniature roses, however, have all fared well and are still bringing color our way!
Other blooms that we've seen in the last few days are:
- Fall-blooming crocus
- Johnny Jump-Ups (Viola)
- Lobelia cardinalis
- Gaillardia (all cultivars)
- October Daphne (Sedum sieboldii)
- Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana)
- Knautia macedonica
- Petunia ('Wave™')
- Heather (Calluna vulgaris)
- Coreopsis 'Limerock Dream'
- Xeranthemum anuum
- Ornamental strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa 'Pink Panda')
- Corydalis 'Berry Exciting' (yes, it's continuing to bloom!)