Saturday, November 15, 2014

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - November 2014


November Bloom Day already? Ah, October, we hardly knew ye. As the old song says, the days do get shorter when you reach September.

But October went by in such a hurry that nothing much has changed with the blooms in my garden. Basically, all the blooms I showed you last month are still there and I don't want to commit the sin of repeating myself. So, I looked around to see if I could find something - anything! - that I hadn't shown you before. In some cases, many times before.

It's well nigh impossible really, because most of my plants have been around for a long time and their blooms will be very familiar to you if you follow my posts here from month to month. Still, I was able to come up with a few which perhaps I have not overused.    


The white mistflower with its companion marigold. The white mist came into bloom this month and has been a real feast for all the butterflies that visit my garden.


Well, yes, I know I've shown you the 'Graham Thomas' rose before, here with its little green beetle on the left.Though I have featured it many times before, it really is at its best at this time of year so I have to include it. 


And this is 'Litchfield Angel,' a David Austin rose like the 'Graham.' It has been putting on quite a show lately. Those blossoms are so heavy I had to hold one up in order to photograph it.


The jatropha got a late start this year but it is still going strong.


For weeks, I've been waiting for this Copper Canyon daisy to come into bloom and finally it is! 


The shrimp plant, too, has pouted throughout the year after suffering from the cold last winter. I wondered if it would ever bloom. Well, I have my answer.


And, finally, we go from the shrimp to the toad. The toad lilies (Tricyrtis), too, are plants I have been watching for weeks and wondering, "Will they, or won't they?" And now a few of them are. I love these delicate little blossoms.  They remind me somehow of African violets.

So, there you have a sampling of what's in bloom in my Southeast Texas garden this November. To see what else is in bloom, you can always refer back to my October Bloom Day post!

Thank you for visiting my garden today and thank you as always to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting this meme each month.

Happy Bloom Day!


14 comments:

  1. I had exactly the same problem, you've done better than me in finding new stuff to post. After a couple of days of wind and rain that put an end to the last few bloomers I chickened out! Love the shrimp plant, something I can only grow as a houseplant here.

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    1. The shrimp plant, like so many of my fall bloomers, seems to take FOREVER to come into bloom. But then it stays in bloom for quite a long time, so it's worth the wait.

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  2. The mistflower/marigold combination is a definite winner! The composition of that photo is interesting, too - when I first looked at it, I didn't recognize the plants and imagined them to be huge climbing vines because there's not much in the photo to provide a sense of scale.

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    1. That's probably more a comment on my lack of photographic skill rather than actual purpose!

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  3. You still have so many blooms in your garden for November and the roses are just magnificent! Happy GBBD!

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    1. We had our first cold spell this week but it didn't get as cold as predicted (the 20s) so we are still waiting for our first frost. No doubt we'll get it before next Bloom Day and the December garden will look quite different.

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  4. I agree, October goes far too quickly every year, not sure why but I wish January would go just as fast – it tends to drag on forever. Your shrimp plant is lovely, I have seen it on several blogs and wondered if I should get one, and your Copper Canyon daisies were well worth the wait. Happy GBBD!

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    1. Amazing, isn't it, how the days can fly by so quickly at times and simply drag on at others? I don't know about where you are but here October is really one of the most pleasant months of the year and it never lasts long enough.

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    2. I am in London, UK - and yes, October is a lovely month here too!

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    3. Of course! I visit your beautiful London garden frequently, but I wasn't sure if October there is one of your more pleasant months as it is here.

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  5. Repeating the same blooms just means your plants are happy to stick around for a long time. I'm running into the same issue of not having much new to show. I included a lot of the same plants that I've posted before, only I tried to spice it up a little with a bit of interesting lore. I like those toad lilies a lot. I'm glad they bloomed for you... These darn plants like to keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to see if/when they will bloom!

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    1. Indeed - It's always a happy surprise when the slowpokes finally bloom.

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  6. You could show all your blooms this month, and I wouldn't be a bit bored--it's such a treat to see all these since winter has hit here and my garden has gone into hibernation mode. The roses are beautiful!
    Did you escape the polar vortex? We visited my daughter in Dallas last week, which wasn't the best timing--even they got snow over the weekend!

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    1. We were just on the outer fringe of the mid-November cold wave that hit some parts of the country so hard. The weather forecasters had predicted temperatures in the 20s on a couple of nights for us, but it never really got below freezing except perhaps in isolated pockets of my garden. Some of the tenderest perennials got their tops bitten. I did not realize that Dallas had actually had snow!

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