On this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, the brainchild of my friend Carol of May Dreams Gardens, for November 2011, there are still some blooms in the Fairegarden. Some things are just now beginning to bloom, in fact, one being Camellia sasanqua ‘Chansonette’. Nestled and protected under the tall pines and the not as tall but still fairly large Viburnum rhytidophylloides ‘Alleghany’, there are three of these weeping habit Camellias, their shiny leaves glistening as the dark pink flowers unfurl. The name Chansonette means Little Song, I have been told.
Growing in a purple container along the wall, somewhat protected by the warmth holding gravel path and the house, the cutting grown Salvia elegans ‘Golden Delicious’ has just started to bloom. It is so late, there will be little time to enjoy the stunning red flowers unless the cold subsides for a bit longer. One small plant is wintering over within the safety of the greenhouse/sunroom, to be used for cuttings in late winter to keep the tradition alive.
A handful of plants that normally bloom in the spring have sent out some scouts as the weather has been cold and rainy then warm and sunny. I am sorry to inform you, Ms. Dianthus, that winter has not come and gone and spring returned. But you are a welcome sight, anyway.
Grown primarily not for flowers, not for leaves but for the brilliant winter stems, the two Cornus planted on either side of the weeping blue atlas cedar behind the mailbox are totally covered in blooms. Normally the flowers arrive in late spring, followed by berries. It is doubtful there will be berries from these, who will pollinate them in this cold weather? Still pretty, though.
Really? If not for the Fading Faire foliage of the background plants, by looking at the blooms on this lavender, one might mistake this for a spring time capture.
More grocery mums. These have been in the ground so long that I finally got around to dividing them last year. Since they are down at the curb by the street, I hardly every pay them any mind. Until November.