Where has the time gone? It seems like a month slipped by too quickly. Here it is the fifteenth of November and I am sharing my flowers on Garden Bloggers Bloom Day over at May Dreams Gardens. There isn’t a lot in bloom as winter approaches.
This month has the Viburnum bodnantense in bloom. The flowers have a heavenly scent to them. This shrub normally drops its leaves before the flowers open but this has been a weird year once again with fall coming later than normal. There is still a lot of leaf fall to come and more leaves to gather for making leaf mold. The gardens are already covered with a six-inch layer of leaves so we will collect the rest.
On the sunny side of the greenhouse, Alstromeria is still blooming. As you can see its the day after another good rain. We had a bit of sun today for once. I shouldn’t complain but that’s our nature isn’t it? Four months without rain and now that’s its back I don’t like it for endless days in a row. We were spoiled with such a gorgeous hot summer.
The Feverfew blooms happily next to the Alstromeria liking its position in the sun.
The Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’ is still hanging on long after their cousins have packed it in for the winter. I was outside bringing in the all the garden signs, gnomes and decorative birdhouses so they aren’t damaged by the winter weather. So much to do and never enough time. My tender plants came in the greenhouse a month ago so the heater is on keeping it at about 40F at night. It’s hard to believe that in a couple of months I will be starting new seeds once again. For now I am content to put my feet up and read some of the wonderful garden books that just came out.
Coreopsis is still in flower leading the way as one of the longest blooming plants in the garden. I did deadhead the plant once in late summer so it must have put on some new growth.
Then there is Calendula. There is something to be said for volunteer plants. I saw this one in bud last week but shook my head and figured there was no way it would open. Mother Nature proved me wrong and here she is today, bright and cheery after all the rain we had. As I write it has dropped to 40F or 5C here at dinner time. It will be pretty cold tonight and we may have frost. This is a pretty hardy annual so it may do okay. Time will tell.
That’s about it for this month. I hope you enjoy the garden writers over at May Dreams Gardens. It’s so nice reading about gardens from all over the world.