By the time November rolls around, the blooms are scant and often hiding behind dried foliage. Those brave souls that dare to flower are prized now, even more so when sweet skipper butterflies are spied feeding on them. The dark hue of the lacy leaf lavender that is planted in a hot spot next to the back door was an open invitation to the flutterby and the camera.
Wallflowers from the big box store, name unknown, that were planted in March have grown larger over the summer and have resumed flower production after a hiatus during the hot months. These are in a very protected location, to the delight of the tiny pollinator feasting on the petals.
A packet of Calendula ‘Pacific Beauty’ seeds was sown in containers a couple of years ago. There are volunteers from those parents in various shades of orange and yellow, blooming better now than in the heat of summer. This, again, is a very sheltered, south facing sunny spot in my garden.
A wayward Echinacea, hiding under spent foxglove stalks along the Azalea Walk is bravely trying to open. The cold snap will prevent a long life for this budding beauty, but this close-up shot will help us remember it with fondness.
Rosa chinensis ‘Angel Wings’ has opened a few more flowers. These seed grown roses are not grown for the blooms, however. It is the brilliant red berry-like hips seen in the background that are the main interest of these small shrubs. For more information about them, click here.
Inside the greenhouse/sunroom, the frost tenders and orchids are safely ensconced for the winter. Black pearl ornamental pepper is loaded with fruit and has even produced some flowers. The shriveled peppers were stuck in the soil at the edge of the pot and have germinated. The seedlings have been repotted to grow on the sunny shelves until spring. There should be a good crop of them to plant out then. It is hoped.
Orchids are the dominant resident in the greenhouse/sunroom, the reason for the construction of such a place. The Cattleya ‘Pumpkin’ bloomed earlier than usual this year, fading quickly now. A photo was snapped before the last of the flowers fell to the floor. The lady slippers, Paphiopedilum ssp. are well budded though, so there will be flowers in the darkest, coldest days yet to come to help a gardener smile a little. To read the initial post about this room, so old that the photos are without watermarks and small but clickable to full size, click here.
You might have noticed that all of the images in this post are macro close-ups. Finding any flowers after several arctic weather blasts have hit is a joy, but the long garden views are less than floriferous, to say the least. Still pretty as the decidous plants fade faire, to my eyes anyway, but that is not the point of Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day, the brainchild of sharing hostessed by my friend Carol of May Dreams Gardens. Go over to her place and check out what is blooming in November around the globe. Tell her Frances sent ya!