November Wildflowers

Just a few are still hanging on, those with a little more protection from wind, rain and dark of night than the rest…

…Like the wild white asters, still going strong in the island bed down by the street.

Nearby is a late to the party goldenrod, some sort of Solidago ssp..

Gaura lindhemeri seedlings have made themselves at home out front…

…Bearing a likeness to their parent G. ‘Whirling Butterflies’, a gift from offspring Semi, with the white bits bobbing in the breezes.

Up by the knot garden, where the quadrants are vivid in their blankets of fresh pea gravel, the dog fennel, Eupatorium capillifolium and Eryngium yuccifolium seedheads are still attractive.

One of our favorite fall wildflowers is this wild ageratum, Conoclinium (Eupatorium) coelestinum that was already growing here when we moved in. It has been spread about to better enjoy the purple threads where they so enhance the foliage changes of the season.

Speaking of foliage change, the native oakleaf Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Alison’ is mighty fetching in her red finery, right about now.

I love the rabbit tobacco, Gnaphalium obtusifolium and with a little help to stand up straight and tall in a good spot for a change, it is hoped there will be seedlings in the same area next year and the next and next. But what ho! That tobacco chewing scoundrel, the grasshopper is hanging out in there! Hey you, go play your fiddle for some industrious ants, why don’t you?

Please join in the sharing of wildflowers each month on the fourth Wednesday with my dear friend Gail of Clay and Limestone. You’ll be glad you did.


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11 Responses to November Wildflowers

  1. Lovely Aster! I planted that same one earlier in the year and it flowered almost as long as yours!

    Thanks Petra. I am so glad to hear you have this aster, whatever it is! Talk about long blooming and holding up well to repeated cold snaps, too.

  2. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    The rabbit tobacco is a new one for me Frances. It is pretty. Your garden looks good this fall. I like the way you have trimmed the boxwood into undulating sections. Happy WFW.

    Thanks Lisa and the same good wishes back to you. I love the rabbit tobacco but only ever get one plant of it each year, even though seeds are spread about. It cannot stand upright without help, and the plan is that staking it and letting it stand all winter might help with seeding about. The boxwood brings a smile, even if it is a little tricky to prune.

  3. Les says:

    Judging by the nice picture of your front area and the Gaura, you still have a lot of fall color out there. Please have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

    Thanks Les, and the same back to you and yours. The garden still is very pretty, yes.

  4. Carol says:

    There are lots of wildflowers still going strong down in your neck of the woods, Frances.

    There are, Carol. One just has to look a little harder for them.

  5. Gail says:

    Dear Frances, Happy Wildflower Wednesday . Your late November blooms are a perfect example of why I love wildflowers~They just keep on flowering and providing food for visiting critters. Love the waspy critter on the aster and the gaura with the small green bug is wonderful. happy Thanksgiving to you! xxoogail

    Thanks for bringing more attention to the wildflowers, dear Gail.

  6. Valerie says:

    You have quite a bit of lovely colour still in the garden. Looks lovely. V

    Thanks Valerie. The weather has been oddly warm, but we have color in foliage all year.

  7. Rose says:

    There is still so much going on in your garden, Frances–lovely! There was a lot of grasshopper-fiddling in my garden this summer, too, but fortunately, the cold temps have caused them to move south–sorry:)

    Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

    Thanks Rose, Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. Things still look pretty good here, so far. We had so much grasshopper damage this year, it was disheartening to see that fiddler still hanging around after several hard frosts. You don’t suppose he is an Illini, do you?

  8. joey says:

    You have much to be thankful for … November wildflower lovely. Happy Thanksgiving, Frances 🙂

    I most assuredly do have loads to be thankful for, dear Joey. May you have a lovely Thanksgiving.

  9. Sue Ellen Knifley says:

    You still have such lovely fall foliage. Our trees are bare here in Central Kentucky. I love your knot garden. Boxwoods (I think that is what your have in the knot garden) are one of my favorites which could be because the deer leave them alone and they give me some green for the coming winter months.

    Sue Ellen

    Thanks Sue Ellen. It is hanging on longer this year. It is boxwood, Wintergreen is the cultivar. I love it.

  10. Barbarapc says:

    Oh Frances, Conoclinium? when did that happen? While it sounds a little rude, still isn’t as bad as Solenostemon for Coleus. The gaura looks so pretty – every time I see it looking good in someone else’s garden am so tempted to try it again. Your colours are great right now – what a beautiful time in the garden.

    Thanks Barbara. I honestly can’t keep up with so many name changes and just pick one! HA Some, I simply refuse to honor, like Sedums, Asters and Coleus. They are yanking our chains with that one, right? Sheesh. Do try the Gaura and give it plenty of room. I cannot grow the pink ones, but this white has seeded all over. I think they may be shortlived, but the seedlings keep it going.

  11. commonweeder says:

    How wonderful to have such a blooming garden at this time of the year. You have wild white asters. I have wet white snow. Oh well. Happy Thanksgiving.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Pat! We are lucky to live in a more mild climate. Enjoy your snow.

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