November Dreams Bloom Day

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The 2009 year of bloom days has nearly come to an end. It was thought there would be so few of them that every single flower blooming this month could be shown, but that has not been the case. While the number of flowering plants is dwindling, there are still too many to show every one, even every type of plant still in bloom. That is considered a good thing. The fern leaf bleeding hearts, Dicentra eximia have been everblooming since early spring. I love how the foliage is aging attractively, turning a bright golden.

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The unidentifiable yellow button mum is a stalwart of the winter garden, blooming well into December and beyond most years. We saw this plant for sale recently at the University of Tennessee garden sale with the name given as Dendranthema ‘Ruth Baumgardner’. We know Ruth, she is the owner of our favorite nursery, Mouse Creek. This is where I bought this mum many years ago, she called it by the name Ann Wright, a local gardener who had given it to Ruth. Does anyone know the correct name out there in the blogdom? Calluna vulgaris ‘Firefly’ is turning red for the winter. This combination is growing in the newly redesigned heather bed.

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Also originating from Mouse Creek is D. ‘Sheffield Pink’. Most of the blooms have gone by, fading to nearly white, but the more protected bunches are continuing to put forth new flowers. This shot shows well the darker apricot color of the buds and the fading that occurs over time.

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This was the year we went gaga over Cupheas. (There will be a plant portrait post about them during the slow months of winter.) Mouse Creek, do you see a trend here? offered a good selection of these tender perennials in small four inch pots. We bought every kind she had and every one is still blooming except the Proven Winners C. ‘Totally Tempted’ which did not like the heat of summer. This is C. hybrid ‘Twinkle Pink’.

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As promised, the non macro longer shot is featuring the heart’s delight of the gardener and the pollinators at present, the family of Salvias. This was another species group that was added this year in quantity. A Salvia post, or two will be written this winter as well. Ruth must have been reading my mind, for she also had many types of Salvias in smaller pots making these additions affordable and feeding my plant collecting frenzy. I suppose she would be called an enabler. The velvet purple and white spears of the S. leucantha, probably not hardy but quite a star for a cheap annual, show up well against the reds of S. coccinea self sowns and the Knockout roses sharing space with the fading Faire muhly grass.

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Not showing any signs of fading yet is the fruity scented pineapple sage, S. elegans in the black garden has been a standout. Like Leucantha, it is a late bloomer, but worth the wait.

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Sister, brother, let’s call it sibling to S. guaranitica ‘Black And Blue’ that is popular in many gardens is the lesser seen S. guaranitica ‘Argentine Skies’. This is planted behind the muhly by the driveway. It seems to be more vigorous here than the black calyx sib.

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Growing in the same bed but nearer the path due to its shorter stature is S. nemorosa ‘May Night’. There are three types of blue salvias in this area, trying to duplicate the look of the Lurie in Millenium Park in Chicago. S. ‘Caradonna’ and S. ‘Blue Hill’ have not been nearly as vigorous as May Night.

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The effort to save and start seed of S. coccinea in the greenhouse has been dropped from the to do list. Over the years the black calyx seedlings have been allowed to grow while the green ones have been pulled. The gravel paths of the knot garden have proven to be the best nursery for many plants in the entire garden. When the seedlings are large enough to move they are placed here and there around the garden. This patch by the garage deck side has done extremely well and will perhaps give us babies in the same area next year. If not, there is always the knot garden gravel from which to choose the best of the best.

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This group of macro shots gives a balanced idea of what is still blooming at this late date in 2009. From the top: Viola, hybrid musk rose R. ‘Penelope’, Dahlia ‘Gallery Cobra’, annual Dianthus, Zinnia, marigold, Tagetes cross between Queen Sophia and Tiger Eye, I need to name this, how about T. ‘Faire Tiger Queen’,

As always, our thanks go to the delightful Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting this world wide showcase of blooming plants each month on the fifteenth.

Frances

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47 Responses to November Dreams Bloom Day

  1. Darla says:

    Great showing for the middle of November Ms. Frances. Pineapple sage is a great plant, easy to propagate and takes temps in the teens…I did not see blue bedder salvia…..

    Hi Darla, thanks. I have taken cuttings of the sage with high hopes for success. As for the blue bedder, There are a few growing, not in bloom at the moment. It does not do that well for us here for some reason. Indigo Spires is the best blue but perhaps not tender. We took cuttings of that one also. I do hope your arm is better! πŸ™‚
    Frances

    Thanks for the suggestions on my garden expansion. I actually started some blue fescue grass from seed and potted it up not knowing what in the world I was going to do with it…..now I know!!

    You are most welcome, Darla. That space already looks great, what a sweetie your hubby is, but you knew that already! Blue fescue does make a great edger in any type bed. It grows in any conditions here too, sun, shade, wet or dry, not that there is much wet however. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  2. fairegarden says:

    Dear Readers,

    Please forgive this bloom day post for being a day late. There is a good, if not excellent excuse for it. We have been playing host and hostess to the most fabulous Gail of Clay And Limestone and the famous Mr. I. They are leaving today after many fun activities to drive back home. More to come about that at a later time.

    Frances

  3. I am amazed that your bleeding hearts are still going strong!

    I do like your S. coccinea – very nice.

    I am deeply envious of you and Gail having time together and look forward to hearing more about it πŸ™‚
    K

    Hi Karen, thanks. The bleeding heart is climbing the ladder to become a true favorite here. The leaves are turning yellow while the pinkish blooms are still coming. I don’t recall this happening before, it must be the extra rains. Gail and I have had a blast, and our husbands get along well too. A great visit. They are still asleep right now, and The Financier has gone to work. I will be digging plants for Gail to take home and then bid them goodbye. We did take a few photos. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  4. Anna says:

    Some beautiful November blooms Frances. I did not realise that dicentra formosa would bloom for such a long period. I have a honeydew melon sage at the allotment which is still going strong but I am not able to see it everyday. I am hoping that it gets through the winter so that I can take some cutttings next year and then can have some for the garden too.

    Hi Anna, thanks. I am not sure if this is formosa or eximia, I don’t know how to tell the difference, but it has seeded all over and is just a wonderful plant all around. Added: It is eximia. It usually does go completely dormant over the winter, it is surprising us with continued bloom. That sage sounds terrrific, I never realized how many species there are of them, especially the scented leaves ones. Good luck with cuttings, it sounds like it is a keeper. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  5. Hi Frances

    I don’t have a single bloom except for some weedy herb robert which actually is welcome at the moment rather than being the ‘nuisance’ it becomes in summer.

    I really like rose R. β€˜Penelope’, does it bear hips? I’m quite into rose hips at the moment. I’ve been umming and erring as to whether to buy rosa ‘moyessi’, fantastic hips!!!

    Hi Rob, thanks for stopping by. I love rose hips too, and all the hybrid musks are purported to have them. While not loaded with them, they do persist over the winter. I just bought Rosa glauca, which is supposed to have some interesting hips. I will have to check out moyessi too, thanks for the tip. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  6. Becky says:

    Loving all of these blooms but that Bleeding Hearts surely speaks to my heart!!!!

    Thanks Becky. The bleeding heart has always been a good bloomer, with sporadic flowers through the whole growing season here, but never this late or this many. We have had way more rain than normal, I believe that is the instigator. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  7. Les says:

    I am envious of all your various salvias, my favorite shot is of the black and red S. coccinea. I will be looking for that one.

    Thanks Les. I don’t know where that came from, other than a rogue seedlings. I think the seeds were brought from our Texas garden where it is perennial. I like the black calyx too, and have been trying to select those seeds to save each year. It is working as more and more have the black.
    Frances

  8. Hello dear Frances, it is always a pleasure to walk through your garden and this time my eye cought this little darling Dahlia β€˜Gallery Cobra’it is small isn’t it, it’s not one of those big Dahlias. It is sooo pretty, I have now put it on my wishing list. xoxo Tyra

    You are so sweet, Tyra, thanks so much. Gallery Cobra is a smaller dahlia, both in stature and flower. The coloring on it was really superb. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  9. lotusleaf says:

    Hello Frances!Your pansies and the pinks are beautiful. I enjoy the views of your garden.Similar Mexican salvias are blooming in my garden too.

    Hi Lotusleaf, thanks. I envy you being able to have the Mexican salvias as perennials. Such a velvety flower with a wonderful color. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  10. Jean says:

    A garden just can’t have too many salvias. Pineapple sage makes a good underplant for lilies, to hide their ankles after the blooms fade. A small cutting or two potted up will bloom in bright light inside all winter until the days are long again.

    Salvia leucantha is hardy here if it is planted early in the season to establish good roots and grows in really well-drained locations.

    Nell Jean – seedscatterer

    I agree completely, Nell Jean. We never know what will winter over until we try, our zone is borderline for many of them. Thanks for the tip about the lilies too, an excellent idea. We have cuttings started in the greenhouse of several, including the pineapple and leucantha. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  11. Janet says:

    I don’t grow Bleeding Heart so I was really surprised to see how long the bloom period is on yours. What a sweet plant, the blue/green foliage is so nice as well.
    What can you say about the Salvia leucantha? Wow…I am such a fan of purple…one would wonder why I don’t have this one in my garden? Perhaps in SC. (You have seen why I don’t have much in the backyard!) Years ago I had both Salvia coccinea and the Coral Nymph that Gail mentioned today. I like your black calyx better than the green too. Think I will be scattering seeds in the next few days…promise of what is to come.

    Hi Janet, thanks. The leucantha should grow very well in your SC garden. We will replant if needed for it adds so much to the fall show. I really like Coral Nymph too, but find it not as vigorous a grower and bloomer as the reds. Good for you scattering seeds, a worthwhile pursuit! πŸ™‚
    Frances

  12. I am surprised you have Dicentra blooming. The native ones here are completely gone by mid-summer. My S. nemorosa blooms once and is done for the year as well. It may need more sun. One of my sunny areas is not as sunny as I thought. Unless I start chopping down trees, I will have to accept a shade garden is going to be my predominant lot in life.

    Hi Christopher, we are also surprised at the Dicentra. The D. spectabilis struggles here, but eximia loves it and has seeded about nicely, in the gravel of course. Your sunny veggie area might be the best place for salvias. I do think you need to accept the shade in your garden with all those trees. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  13. Frances, I’ve never seen Cuphea, but they are indeed a showy star! I planted a bunch of Dicentra this fall; hope they do well in spring. I’ve never had luck with them, although plenty of people in my zone have. Of course, my fav is always the heather. I finally transplanted mine to a wetter location. (I only found one, not both, as they were overgrown with Valerian!)

    HI Monica, those Cupheas are new to us as well, except for the one called Mexican heather that is seen more often at the big box stores. I think the dicentra likes the cold, we can hardly grow spectabilis. Good luck with your heathers! πŸ™‚
    Frances

  14. Rose says:

    So many blooms, Frances–your garden is still a kaleidoscope of color! The salvias and sage have given up the ghost here, so it’s wonderful to see yours all still in bloom. Thanks for showing “Argentine Skies” again to remind me again that is one I definitely want to look for next spring. I had no idea dicentras would bloom all season; I was lucky to get a few blooms in the spring.

    Thanks Rose. I am very happy with Argentine Skies and noticed it has suckered and run quite a bit at Mouse Creek. She has a large patch of it by the entrance that probably was three plants and now is many many more. The Dicentra is a surprise, I believe it is the good rainfall and lack of hard frosts.
    Frances

  15. I went to the botanical gardens of Utrecht recently where they had one border dedicated to salvias only and it looked spectacular. I’m going to add more to my garden in the coming year, salvia’s rock!

    It’s good to see that there are still blooms aplenty at Faire Garden, there are almost as many there as in the Bliss garden. πŸ˜‰

    Hi YE, I’ll bet that border was magnificent. It is a good idea too, if only we had room. I do like them planted en masse, but what doesn’t look good like that? I will check out the Bliss blooms as soon as possible, it is always a feast for the eyes. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  16. Frances, As this will be my first Blotanical winter, I look forward to your plant portraits. What a great display of fall glory to enjoy. Thanks for the tour.

    Hi Helen, thanks so much. I enjoy looking at the bright colors during winter too. It’s funny how photos we think were not so good, look way better in the dead of winter. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  17. Kiki says:

    Another gorgeous post Frances! I looooooove salvias…they are a must-have in the garden..I just adore them! I love your photos and the sparkle and beauty you capture. I loved your shot of cupheas too! Wonderful! Have a great day!
    Kiki~

    Hi Kiki, thanks for those sweet words, I do appreciate you! The Salvias and Cupheas have proven to be stalwarts for blooms much longer than ever imagined. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  18. You have a nice variety of blooms yet. My pineapple sage was one of the first things to die when we had early freezing temps. I only got to enjoy a few blooms.

    The kind of bleeding hearts I grow go dormant most summers. Yours sure looks healthy and happy, as do your other plants.

    The wider view of your garden made me want to go exploring. I love all the garden art you have along with the plants.

    Thanks Sue. This Dicentra is quite a bit different than the showier spectabilis. I had a neighbor in PA that called it Everblooming. I had no idea what kind of plant it was, that was the only name she knew. It really does bloom for many months with the best in spring. Thanks for a good idea for a future post, exploring! πŸ™‚
    Frances

  19. Phillip says:

    I thought that bleeding heart only bloomed in the spring – is this a different type?

    You probably have Dicentra spectabilis. It only blooms once. This is smaller with a ferny leaf, D. eximia, a native here I believe.
    Frances

  20. Catherine says:

    I love getting to see the long shots. You do have lots blooming there still. I hadn’t heard of Pineapple Sage before, but now I see it blooming on many blogs. I tried ‘Black and Blue’ again this year and it’s still got a few blooms.
    The must be the ‘Burning Hearts’ Dicentra? I’ve heard it will bloom all summer and it looks like it does πŸ™‚

    Hi Catherine, thanks. The garden as a whole still looks pretty interesting. I think this is not a named variety, just Dicentra eximia. It really has a long bloom period, beginning with the tulips and still going. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  21. rosey pollen says:

    Such a treat to see your garden still blooming. It is one of my favorite blogs to see flowers when it is snowy out. Thanks

    Hi Rosey, thanks, that is too kind of you. We will have flowers all year, even if we have to show the orchids and others in the greenhouse. We can usually find some little something that is barely noticeable in the garden as a whole, but offers a good macro shot for bloom days. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  22. Kate says:

    Very pretty! I’m a huge fan of Firefly Heather. And, I could grow it in my zone if I stood out there watering it with the hose every day! πŸ™‚ Wonderful to see that you have so many flowers to enjoy this late in the season.

    Thanks Kate, Firefly is my more favorite heather too. I have found that they need water the first year, and then are quite drought tolerant once established, like many things are. They just have to get that root system developed. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  23. Hi Frances,

    Isn’t a nice problem to have – too many fall flowers to post? As always your garden is so beautiful. My favorites are the Cuphea and Salvia leucantha, which we grow here as well.

    I know, Noelle, what a problem to have, right? It is surprising, as that is not usually the case by mid November here. Must be the good rains plus a little climate change working its magic. You can probably grow those Cupheas and Salvias much better than we can, I am envious of the huge specimens of them in your area. Mine are just little guys. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  24. I’m looking forward to your Salvia post. I really like the form of S. leucantha. You must have a secret for keeping the Dicentra in bloom. Mine all petered out a while ago, even the allegedly everblooming ‘King of Hearts.’ I must be doing something wrong, probably they were too dry.

    Hi MMD, thanks. I do have some nice photos of most of them, although some of the blues are hard to identify from macro shots, for me anyway. The dicentra normally has one or two blooms sporadically all season, this is highly unusual. It is in a container that gets fed with the slow release stuff. They do like water and we have had more of that this year for a change.
    Frances

  25. What would we do without salvias and cupheas? Love the little pink faces, Frances and all of your GBBD. I hope you get a solid selection of that black-calyxed Salvia coccinea. If you ever market it some day make sure I’m on the list of would-be customers- it’s terrific!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

    Hi Annie, thanks. I know you Austin gardeners can really grow the salvias and cupheas better than we can, but I agree, those faces are just wonderful. The bat faced is my favorite, but has been shown in several posts. Time to let some other stars shine. As for the black calyx, I don’t know where it came from, but think it was brought from our Texas garden as seeds. I must have bought some there, but didn’t write it down and don’t remember the name.
    Frances

  26. VW says:

    My favorite is the peachy-pink dahlia. I keep reading your mentions of macro shots vs wide-view garden shots and wish that I had more garden views to share. I’m afraid that I would keep showing boring lawn and stark white vinyl fence, since that’s what my backyard mostly is right now. In a few years I’ll be able to step back and get more pretty shots like you, I hope!

    Hi VW, thanks. The small flowered dahlias are huge favorites here. I think they are more hardy than the dinner plate ones too. It took years of intense study to figure out how to make my garden look good in the off season. Once we decided what was needed, certain evergreen colors, like the blue star junipers and grasses, we had to find ones that would grow on the hill and in our climate. It is finally coming together, but will never be done of course. What fun would that be? Your own garden will mature soon and you can get those long shots! πŸ™‚
    Frances

  27. jgh says:

    That coccinea – amazing! I knew I’d be crazy to miss your post today. I can’t believe you still have bleeding heart – its just a distant memory here….

    Hi Jen, thanks so much. I am glad you feel that way! The bleeding heart does have a very long bloom period, but this is by far the latest it has ever hung on. Global weirding? πŸ™‚
    Frances

  28. commonweeder says:

    What beautiful photos of a beautiful November garden. I can hardly believe my eyes. I am definitley going to do something about salvias next year. For years I have been growing a border of an annual blue salvia around one rose bed – kind of a faux lavender – but there is so much more to this family.

    Hi Pat, thanks. It really does look better this year than it ever has. We don’t have very good luck with the blue Salvia farinacea, it struggles. There are so many, I love trying new ones to see if they will like it here. Can you grow lavender? Why have faux when you can have the real thing, unless you can’t have the real thing. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  29. dowhatyoulove says:

    I can’t believe how much you still have blooming! How lovely! We had a couple flowers left up until a couple weeks ago, but we just had a good frost, and everything has given up for the season.

    Thanks Stacy. We have only had light frosts so far. Our time is coming and we’ll see what remains, although the grasses and evergreens will still offer interest. This is unusual for mid November.
    Frances

  30. Frances, all of these are so beautiful, and I have to tell you, I went completely gaga over cupheas this year too. They were the best performing annuals in my garden. I’m sorry to see them go. Happy Bloom Day.~~Dee

    Hi Dee,thanks. Where have Cupheas been all our lives? HA It must have been those Austin gardens we see them in. So many blooms over such a long period. I am hoping some prove to be hardy here, but will replace them if not. The hummers just loved them too. Happy bloom day to you as well. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  31. Cindy, MCOK says:

    Frances, I’ve seen the black calyxed Salvia labeled as S. coccinea ‘Forest Fire’ at Houston area nurseries. Since you think yours came from your stay in Texas, I’m betting that’s it. It’s much more dramatic than the standard Lady in Red so I’ve been trying to select for it, too.

    Thanks so much, Cindy! I could not remember a cultivar name, but feel sure they came from one of those nurseries in Houston, so Forest Fire it is. They do seem just as floriferous as lady in red, which I know we had also. Glad to hear you are able select as well. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  32. Sherry says:

    Your gardens are so full of blooms! All so lovely.
    I have marigolds left after many nights of frost.
    Cold rain today and those just west of me have snow…the gardens will be sleeping soon.
    Sherry

    Hi Sherry, thanks. I believe that cold rain is coming our way soon too. The marigolds usually can hang on through Thanksgiving, even after some harder frosts. We have been lucky with the warm weather lasting, I wish it would be so for when the family comes.
    Frances

  33. Gail says:

    Home again, home again, jiggity-jig! Before blogging the idea of saving seed, let along selecting plants for color and certain features was the stuff of gardening books;) I exaggerated for effect…I do save seeds. The S. coccinea β€˜Forest Fire’ that Cindy mentioned or which ever one is in your garden is striking. I am going to scatter seeds and see if any show up here. Isn’t it funny that Rob has weedy herb Robert and we can’t find any! I love it! We had a wonderful time…thank you my friend, xxgail

    Dear Gail, thanks for making the trip and I am glad to hear you are home safe and sound. Scattering seed is such a fun way to garden, our gravel paths especially are conducive. Now we must search for herb Robert, I think we need it. May your plants all live long and prosper. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  34. Sweet Bay says:

    Beautiful Bloom Day post Frances. I love the native Bleeding Heart. Mine hasn’t bloomed much due to our dry conditions this year, but yours looks beautiful. I love your Cuphea and your Salvia collection — I had no idea Cupheas had so many different forms. The yellow mum and heather combination is lovely. I didn’t know there were mums that bloomed so late into the year either. Beautiful shots of the Viola and Penelope too.

    Thanks, Sweet Bay. The bleeding heart has loved our extra rain this year, many more blooms for a longer time. We are still learning the types of Cupheas, thanks to our nurserywoman, Ruth. The yellow buttons are so late, I wish I knew what the real name was. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  35. linda says:

    Gorgeous blooms still in your November garden Francis, and so many beautiful salvias still going strong.

    I’ll be looking forward to hearing about your visit with Gail and Mr. I. I’m sure it was wonderful.

    Thanks Linda. The salvias have been a real treat, blooming so late. Gail and The I were so much fun to have visit. There will be something from both of us soon. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  36. Lots of great blooms! Our B&B Salvias have pretty much stopped for now. Of course several of the other ones were still going. Love the bleeding hearts!

    Thanks Dave. Things are slowing down each day, but blooms can still be found if we look a little harder. The warmer weather has been much appreciated.
    Frances

  37. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    You have a marvelous array of blooms in your garden Frances. I love the photo with the golden-leaved trees in the background. The colors scream fall.

    Thanks Lisa. You have many blooms yourself! Blooms plus fall foliage make for some interesting combinations. The birds add to the mix too. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  38. Randy says:

    Frances,
    Absolutely beautiful as always!

    How nice to see you, Randy, thanks! πŸ™‚
    Frances

  39. Gill says:

    I cannot believe how much you still have flowering, a beautiful series of photos,

    Gill in Canada

    Hi Gill, so nice to see you and thanks! πŸ™‚
    Frances

  40. Hi dear Frances, wow!!, your garden is so beautiful even at this time of the year, so many blooming flowers still. And your pics makes everything look so wonderful. Love your salvia, that purple is magnificent. I have some salvia leucanta too but they are so young now that IΒ΄m not sure when they are supposed to bloom.
    You are a master in gardening and know all the names!!! IΒ΄m a poor gardener compare to you.
    Hugs
    MarΓ­a Cecilia

    Dear Maria, thanks, but please do not say you are a poor gardener! I did not know the names like I do now until I started blogging about them and had to look up the names and correct spelling. It doesn’t help that many of the names get changed either. Gardening is a journey, not a finished product, like a life, and should not be compared to another’s journey. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  41. Lythrum says:

    I’m amazed that you still have so much blooming. I need to tweak some to have more blooming in the fall. Maybe if I could stop digging everything up and relocating it every few years they would bloom better for me. πŸ™‚

    HA Lythrum, thanks and I hear you about the moving stuff. I do it too, and the plants take that much longer to get going. It is sometimes difficult to find the right placement. Keep on tweaking! πŸ™‚
    Frances

  42. joey says:

    Wow, what a November feast for the craving eye, Frances! BTY … I can’t believe you can’t find herb Robert… be careful what you wish for! Such a cute little face but very invasive. I weeded out a trash can full this fall … it’s everywhere … you and Gail are very welcome to mine ~ so please do come πŸ™‚

    Thanks, Joey. But you are scaring me a little with the herb Robert, a trash can full? Sounds like our violets here. Maybe we better rethink that one. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  43. Charlotte says:

    Lovely pictures and a great way of being cheered up during the relentless rain and wind right now in the UK!

    Thanks Charlotte. It is rainy and so dreary here too. It is disheartening to one’s spirit. It must be time for some chocolate. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  44. Joanne says:

    A great selection of flowers you feel that you could touch the photos and they would be real flowers you touched.

    Thanks Joanne, what a nice thing to say. Those bright photos do help get us through the winter months. I have just been perusing the files and the colors just jump off the screen. Then there are the current ones, all browns and greys for the most part. Sun would help. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  45. Kathleen says:

    This is only the second time I’ve seen a PINK cuphea Frances. The first time was on Pam’s blog (Digging) ~ I fell instantly in love then and now it’s renewed. The local nurseries here only carry the “bat-faced” red variety. I wonder if they could be easily started from seed? I will have to check that out. I’m late reading this so I’m still chuckling over your latest rant. tee hee. These workers are obviously not into gardening in the least or they would know better.
    Also, in one of your earlier posts, I read that your Cobaea is setting seeds. Are you planning to post a photo of those? I’d love to see what they look like. My vines begin to bloom late August and never get time to set fruit before being killed by the frost. I’m glad you had so much success with them. They are one of my favorites. Great bloom day post.

    Hi Kathleen, thanks, so nice to see you. I am new to Cupheas this year other than the cigar plant that overwintered and set me on the trail of them. I will plant them again, lucky that our local Mouse Creek nursery will have them in small affordable pots. Our Cobaea has some big fruit like things, several of them, that sort of look like elongated green peaches, well not exactly but somewhat. They are about two to three inches long, you can’t miss them. I had read that they are pollinated by bats, and we do have bats. I have no idea how to know when and if the seeds inside might be viable. We will have frost soon and I don’t know what to expect from them, but plan to just watch and see what happens. Fingers crossed. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  46. Hostabuff says:

    How beautiful. I love all your color this time of year. The granite steps up the hill with the plantings in between is very nice; much more interesting than simply a set of steps.

    Hi Hostabuff, thanks for those kind words. Those steps are not granite, (I wish!!!), but simply concrete that my husband and I made using two by four forms. Glad you like them. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  47. Mary Delle says:

    Frances, I do envy your variety of salvias. I don’t have enough sun in my garden for that many. Yours are lovely, all of them.

    Thanks Mary. The salvias are so diverse, I think there are some that will take some shade. Check it out, if you wish, for they are certainly worthwhile plants to grow. πŸ™‚
    Frances

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