Getting Up Close for November Bloom Day

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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.

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Containers are holding a few blooming plants still. The south facing sides of the large pots at the edge of the lower deck shelter the overhanging alyssum, Lobularia maritima ‘Easter Bonnet Mix’.

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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.

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Most of the sheffies, Chrysanthemum ‘Hillside Sheffield Pink’ hold flowers that appear like soggy pink handkerchiefs, but a few late bloomers are offering dining opportunities to various pollinators.

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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.

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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.

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Violas are the stout hearted winter flowers here, planted in nearly every container. These are in the window box on the shed.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!


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13 Responses to Getting Up Close for November Bloom Day

  1. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    This post is encouraging me to go look to see if anything in my garden has survived all the frost we have been having. I doubt it. I do have a little Thanksgiving cactus inside blooming. That would be my offering I am afraid. Happy GBBD.

    Hi Lisa, thanks for visiting. Sometimes we are surprised by little hidden gems after those hard freezes. Maybe you found something flowering, but your cactus sounds delightful. Happy GBBD to you!

  2. Janie says:

    Very nice…happy gbbd!

    Thanks, Janie and Happy GBBD to you!

  3. Lea says:

    The last few blooms are even more joyous to find as winter closes in.
    Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!

    So true, Lea. These scraggly blooms are sweet and bring a smile. My garden is not all about flowers, though, and still has plenty of interesting things going on as the colors fade and the texture stands out more. Happy GBBD to you!

  4. Alison says:

    I have to look closely and really hunt for the few flowers that are still blooming here. I have a wallflower that came from a local nursery that just flowers and flowers all season, but we don’t get your summer heat.

    Hi Alison, thanks for adding to the conversation about hunting for blooms in November. Lucky you with the wallflowers blooming so long. They are among my favorite flowers.

  5. New look! Had to scroll up and check I’m in the right place. Love calendula.

    Hi Lucy, thanks for checking us out. Yes, the blog theme is new as of this fall. I did not want to continue to pay yearly for the other one. This one is fine and best of all…free! Calendula is sort of a new plant for me, never seen for sale potted and many failures of seeds. It like the cooler seasons much better than our hot summers.

  6. Lynn Hunt says:

    Since not much is blooming here except a few sad roses, the visit to your garden was a delight. Love that Pumpkin!

    Hi Lynn, thanks for visiting. The greenhouse/sunroom is where most of the flower excitement will be happening for then next few months. The garden is gorgeous in fall foliage and the structure of dried stalks is beautiful, to me anyway.

  7. Dreamybee says:

    What a pretty purple little pepper! I had one of those as a houseplant several years ago. It was sold as a bonsai tree…um, yeah. Now I know better, but at the time I felt pretty guilty about not being able to keep my poor little bonsai tree alive. LOL!

    How interesting, a pepper trained as a bonsai. I have seen mums and many other plants trained as such, so why not? It would be hard to keep it going without knowing it was a pepper plant in disguise!

  8. Kris P says:

    That orchid is magnificent! Happy GBBD!

    Hi Kris, thanks so much. Pumpkin is quite a looker and a huge plant. I recently had to *pot it up* to the largest cedar orchid basket available. I don’t know what I will do with it after it outgrows that container! Happy GBBD to you!

  9. Lovely blooms in your garden! Love the macro close-upa!

    Thanks, Daniela. The blooms are scarce around here right now, the close ups make them appear much more glamorous than they look in the garden.

  10. Beautiful blooms outside and in! I especially enjoyed your cheery Calendula bloom. Happy GBBD!

    Hi Beth, thanks for visiting and Happy GBBD to you. The Calendula is a star in the outside garden now. Those colors are so brilliant against the grey and brown of spent stalks and foliage.

  11. Hannah says:

    Your Calendula and pansies look fabulous. It’s nice that you have a few blooms left. The orchid is beautiful, too, I like having some indoor flowers or seedlings to make me feel like I’m still doing some gardening. I just planted up some seeds for next year, kind of early but maybe a chance of getting some flowers earlier next year.

    Hi Hannah, thanks so much. Having plants, and starting seeds indoors do help a gardener get through the winter. Good luck on your flowers!

  12. Why am I not surprised at how many flowers you still have blooming there in Fairegarden? It’s like an enchanted place!

    Thanks, Robin for that sweet vote of confidence! We usually have more flowers than this, if not more varieties. It has been a cold fall with early killing frosts. I don’t know what this means for the upcoming winter, but hope the Dahlias survive.

  13. I am inspired to take another look outside after reading your beautiful post, Frances. Perhaps I’ll find something worthy of a bloom-day post after all— but this time if year is so iffy. Thx for a great post.

    Hi Jan, thanks so much. I hope you were able to find something pleasing, whether you post about it not. Sometimes there are hidden treasures under soggy or frozen foliage.

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