Monday, November 14, 2011

Bloom Day, November 2011

It's the ides of the month, Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, and I can't remember a November starting out greener and bloomier than this one. The MulchMaid's memory is nothing to write home about, but really, it's been drier and warmer than usual this month. But as the month marched on, the blossoms inevitably lessened in spite of the atypical weather, and deciduous greens turned, sometimes overnight, to golds, oranges and russets. With less rain and wind, the leaves have been spectacular this fall, and I've been enjoying the seasonal color despite my aversion to colder weather. More on that tomorrow for Foliage Follow up.

So it's a modest November Bloom Day offering, with a few flowers I've been enjoying for months, and a couple of new ones that are more seasonal.

You've seen this first bloom here a few times this year, but not this particular plant. This little  seedling of Agastache 'Acapulco Orange' came up this year after the mother plant kicked the bucket in winter. I had already planted a replacement Agastache, but was delighted to see the volunteer and left it to see how it fares this winter.

The actual flowers are finished on Eucomis pallidiflora ssp. pole-evansii but I can't bring myself to cut the striking flower stalk yet.

You've seen it before but I love it, so scroll on down if you don't want to gaze on Abutilon 'Temple Bells/Red Tiger' again. I'm going to try to overwinter this one.

'Dwarf Blue' Hyssop, still with a few blooms for sluggish bees.

Although the flowers on this summer-blooming heather are dry, they still give the appearance of blooms and combine with the leaf color to create a beautiful effect. Like the Eucomis, I'm including them today with your indulgence.

I picked up several prostrate Rosemary 'Bonnie Jean' at Nichols Garden Nursery, outside Albany. In my experience, prostrate rosemary has been less hardy than the upright type, so a Zone 7 plant sounds encouraging. We'll see how they do this winter. To plant these, I pulled out the 'Kent Beauty' oregano (instead of the Helianthemum 'Ben Nevis': remember the July clash of pink and orange in my brick planter?)

A last seasonal development is the Camellia x 'Winters Snowman'. These were added as back garden screening a few years ago, but they have an open structure, more like the tea camellia, Camellia sinensis. That, coupled with their very early bloom period (we were looking for something to flower in December and January) earns them regular review as candidates for removal and replacement with something more suitable. So far, their blooms have reprieved them this winter.

And that's the report from Longview Ranch this November 15th. To see what's blooming in over 100 other gardens, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!


  1. That Camellia flower is sweet! And I could be way off but isn't it the wrong time of the year for Rosemary to bloom? I guess I should go peer under the Echium in back and see if mine is still alive and blooming! Love that you've left your Eucomis bloom, they are beautiful even after the flowers are technically gone, plus their seeds are fascinating! (on a technical note I love the "new" (not really so new I guess) look of your blog, you've inspired me to get serious about making some updates).

  2. I love the Abutilon abnd your Camellia! Lovely shots!
    Happy GBBD :)

  3. aloha,

    i love this abutilon, one of my favorites, i can see why you come back to taking more pics at different times of the year - its so prolific!

  4. The Abutilon photo is so artistic, with the grasses in the background and only the flower totally in focus. I would set that one aside for entry in some contest. The remains of the Eucomis can stand in for flowers any day.

  5. Do not ever hesitate to post photos of that beautiful Abutilon. I could look at that all day because of the amazing color and texture. Happy Bloom Day!

  6. I'm so glad you posted the faded flowers...I sometimes find them just as striking as the blooms themselves. I've had a few Agastache reseed as well..though not as many as I'd like. It always seems that we don't notice those little seedlings until AFTER we've bought the replacement!

  7. I need to replace that Abution ,that "kicked the bucket" several bad winters ago...gorgeous!

  8. Loree, I know I've seen rosemary blooming in December, but it seems to go from then all the way through spring depending on the variety. This one may be an anomaly. Glad you like the blog makeover!

    Christine, thank's easy to love almost any flower right now!

    Noel, I love every abutilon I see!

    Ricki, you are too kind about my photo.

    Hoov, you could grow this one year-round in your climate!

    Scott, Alas, I couldn't wait to replace the Agastache pending seedlings! I hope your volunteers have done well.

  9. I want that camellia! I tried growing 'Yule Tide' twice [paid an arm and a leg]. Both times they died. I'm doing something wrong. Your white one is even nicer. What a gorgeous photo!


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