Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day For November

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day For November

As Autumn slowly fades into winter here in Southern New England, we find fewer and fewer blossoms for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day. That doesn’t leave us devoid of color and interest though, for despite being far past peak foliage color, there are still many wonders to behold in the garden. With that thought in mind, I ventured out with camera in hand to capture the beauty that is the turn of the season.
I hope you find as much enjoyment as I do in the following photos. Remember, you can click on each to see a larger version.
Though the Bee covered yellow frosting from late summer has passed, the spent flower heads of Goldenrod (Solidago) still provide us interest. They almost resemble cotton waiting to be picked.
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Solidago

The common name Fleabane, does not do the lovely flowers of Erigeron justice. Here still putting on a display mid-November.

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Erigeron

We have been using several different Coral Bells (Heuchera) in containers the last few years, and one of our favorites is ‘Caramel’. It’s foliage is a wonderful contrast to the annuals and Hostas it’s been pared with. This container, on its last legs of the season, is still looking vibrant thanks to the many wonderful shades of color provided by ‘Caramel’

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Heuchera 'Caramel'

Not to be outlasted, our Scabiosa ochroleuca, will just not turn in for the season!

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Scabiosa ochroleuca

Looking weary and a bit haggard, but still festive, Swamp Sunflower is holding on, adding color to the ever increasingly dull hues of late fall.

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Helianthus angustifolius 'Gold Lace'

Not all plants shun fall and winter, the Common Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana) does not bloom until this time of year. Its crinkly spider like blooms here are glistenig from last night’s rain.

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Hamamelis virginiana

A star of late Autumn, Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata) explodes this time of year. Found on the edge of wet meadows and woodlands, the bright red berries will continue to draw our attention until every last one is gobbled up by our avian friends.

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Ilex verticillata

On the edge of our meadow, I found the following plant. I’m not quite sure what it is, but  am completely mesmerized by the whispy structure and the wonderful tan and brown hues of the foliage. What a wonderfully welcome volunteer to have made its home here.

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One of our meadow volunteers

So there you have it, the last of the 2009 blooms from our garden. I hope you have enjoyed these posts as much as I have enjoyed sharing them with you. If you have, then fear not, for there will all sorts of frozen wonders to explore as we venture out into the winter garden, stay tuned.

See you in the Garden,

Scott

www.blueheronlandscapes.com

10 thoughts on “Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day For November

  1. Scott,

    Happy Bloom Day! I like the idea of heuchera in a container. The deer ate all my purple-leafed ones this summer. They didn’t seem to have an appetite for the ones with green leaves though. I think I’ll try the purple ones in containers next year and enjoy the foliage for more than a few weeks.

    PS – I’m very jealous of the Ilex berries. Unfortunately that’s more deer food in my garden.

    1. And a Happy Bloom Day to you too, Debbie! I guess we are lucky, for deer do not present a much of a problem. Drive 5 miles south into Simsbury though, and their presence is felt immensly. Very interesting that the deer eat only the purple Heuchera, could it be they are also concerned with antioxidents? 🙂

      Thank for commenting,
      Scott

      P.S. Are you on Twitter? There are quite a few of us, and we have great conversations!
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    1. Daniel, I had to work a little to get these shots, but as you know there is beauty this time of year. I am jealous of your broccoli, as we did not get a garden planted this year. We’ve got plenty of weeds though! 🙂

      Thanks for your comments,
      Scott

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