Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day November 2018

Yellow Corydalis (Corydalis lutea)

Yesterday’s Bloom Day began with a snowstorm that ended up depositing 6 inches by the end of the day.  Early on you could still see the corydalis pictured above and one of the camellias in the front yard.

Camellia sasanqua ‘October Magic’ in the snow

Anticipating the snow, I had taken pictures around the yard the day before, including the same camellia.

Camellia sasanqua ‘October Magic’

Yet another fall blooming camellia was in the side yard.

Camellia x ‘Survivor’

Hardiness is generally not a problem for camellias in our area but getting blooms at the right time can sometimes be problematical.  The spring blooming camellias are loaded with buds but they will sometimes pop open in a December thaw only to be burned off in the next freeze.

Also still blooming this week before the snowfall was the blue sage in the orchard.

Blue Sage (Salvia farinacea)

This sage has been in constant bloom since early summer.  Similarly the Viola jooi in the Alpine bed has come back into bloom again.

Viola jooi

There aren’t a lot of other flowers right now because we finally had our first freeze last week and many things got burned off.  One last remnant is this knockout rose.

Knockout Rose ‘Pink’

In preparation for the freeze, we covered up the newly planted Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’.

Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’

This is the third try for this lovely Mahonia which is only marginally hardy here.  We are hoping that covering it up will help it get through the winter.

We also gathered pine needles from the driveway and made a little nest for the pomegranate planted in the orchard.

White Pine needles on the driveway

Pomegranate tucked in for the winter surrounded by the last few zinnias

This is another of those plants where we are pushing the survival limits.

Otherwise we need to go into the greenhouse for flowers in November.

Oxalis in the greenhouse

Oxalis asinia

Oxalis caprina

Oxalis luteola just opening

In closing I want to share an early November picture of a lovely Amur Maple in the front yard.

Amur Maple (Acer ginnala)

In some areas of the country this is seen as invasive but for us it’s been very well behaved and a seasonal favorite.


4 comments on “Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day November 2018

  1. Lisa

    You didn’t tell us about the pretty flower next to the pomegranate! I love oxalis. It’s so dainty.

    1. jw

      Good point! I’ll change the text to acknowledge those last few zinnias…

  2. Andrea

    Hi, the sadness radiates with me here! Whenever these happens to bloggers from temperate countries i always empathize with the plants, the insects and the garden owner. It could be fine if the flowering and reproduction of plants finished before they succumb to frost, but of course our climate and weather change already. At least in our part of the world, here in the tropics, most of the annuals finish growth and reproduction before the dry and hot season comes. If they come too early, the plants just reproduce earlier to save the species.

  3. Lea's Menagerie

    Colder weather just before Bloom Day is just not fair! We should have been allowed one more outdoor bloom post before winter gets here.
    However, you did really well – how nice to have a greenhouse! Beautiful tree, too.
    Hope you are having a great weekend!