You've got to love it when fall spills over into winter. The local weathercasters told me today that November was the fifth warmest on record for our area.
Yesterday's high was 53°. But tomorrow's is to be only 38° and snow flurries are predicted - the first of the season. Someone said we had a few a couple of weeks ago, but somehow I missed them, so it doesn't count.
The 'Stars and Stripes' Pelargoniums are still blooming, amazingly enough. They are in baskets that are attached to the brick chimney and I figure the brick holds the heat of the day, even if it's just a little bit, and this is helping to keep the plants alive and blooming. They also are on the east side of the house, which gives them protection from cold winds.
These aren't the only things still blooming. As I was doing some mulching over the weekend, I noticed the Knautia macedonica 'Red Knight' had several blooms and other new buds forming. I've had this particular plant for four years. I've moved it a few times and it hasn't really gotten as large as I'd hoped it would, but it's been hardy and a reliable bloomer.
The hardy cyclamen (Cyclamen coum 'Something Magic') has several blooms whose hot pink color contrasts nicely with the dramatically marked foliage. I purchased it this summer at The Planter's Palette in Chicago and while I paid a little more than I usually do for a perennial, this one has been worth it.
Our nice weather has brought out the procrastinator in me and I was late to buy more bulbs for fall planting. Over the weekend, I ordered some crocuses, daffodils, and tulips from Brent and Becky's 50% off sale and I got notice from UPS that they're to be delivered tomorrow - just in time to dig holes in the snow!
Maybe if I whine enough about the impending flurries, they won't happen. Hey, we've gone this long without snow - why not a few days more?