Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on Wordless Wednesday

Today I'm thankful for the flowers that continue to bloom in my mid-November garden:

                                                        (*click on photos to enlarge)



...and in the containers, a few colorful blooms also remain:



Yesterday was Garden Bloggers Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens. Despite a yard full of leaves covering just about every inch of garden space, I wanted to share the few colorful blooms that managed to survive our recent bizarre temperature fluctuations and unusual precipitation in the form of frost, snow and rain, interspersed with temps between the 30's and 70's on any given day.

Now, here is what my gardens REALLY look like right now:






It isn't much to look at, is it?! The leaves continue to fall--and the trees are still mostly full(!) The oaks won't lose their leaves much later...so I will probably not clean up the yard until mid-to-late winter.  The leaves serve as a protective cover for the perennials and I like the way the landscape looks when the snow falls on my perennials, so I probably won't cut them back until later, as well. There are a few winter bloomers, such as Hellebore, that I will uncover a bit later, to be sure not to miss those pretty blooms. Everything else can just wait.

Oops, this turned out to be a more 'Wordy' Wednesday than I'd planned...oh well...;-)

Here's wishing you a wonderful week!

Words and photos ©Thanks for today.™, by Jan Huston Doble @ http://www.thanksfor2day.blogspot.com/
Not to be reproduced or re-blogged without express permission of the author.

26 comments:

  1. Everyone's garden in our area looks like that right now, but I like that look. I have my oases of flowers like camellias, and I tramp around through the leaf piles looking at them.

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  2. Looks like you won't have to add any mulch to your garden this fall, Jan:) My garden is looking much the same right now. I think we appreciate those few colorful blooms we have all the more this time of year.

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  3. Lots of leaves. Lots of mulch/compost. My garden is a lot of leaves too, where when I was raking, a little petunia appeared. Nice to see the whole yard.

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  4. Are those first photos Clematis? They are very lovely.

    Yes, I'm sloshing around in piles of leaves, too! We plan to rake them up into rows, run the lawn mower through them to chop them up, then spread them out again to enrich the soil.

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  5. It's lovely to see some gorgeous blooms in your leaf-covered garden. Love the Black and Blue Salvia and that hot pink Pelargonium.

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  6. The clematis flowers are beautiful! We have leaves tossing around in the air and landing everywhere too. Love the blanket they provide for the plants...nature can be grand.

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  7. Hi Jan. Those single blooms are as good as a bouquet at this time of the year. Your clematis is so pretty and nice to bloom for you. Enjoy every single bloom.

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  8. Ah, a nice fresh blanket to keep your gardens cozy for winter. The dreaded work SNOW, Yikes, I do not want any of that this early in the year....

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  9. Lovely blooms! I actually love the way gardens look covered in leaves...until I have to rake them out!

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  10. Look at all the gorgeous blooms..mine are pretty much done as are the leaves...

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  11. Jan, I love the look of all those fallen leaves. It's probably a sign of my New England upbringing that fall is my favorite season, and these photos evoked the distinctive sights and scents of the season. I'm also impressed by your clematis blooms. -Jean

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  12. I love seeing the leaves all over the place and the flowers that are still giving you wonderful color before winter moves in. I can feel and hear the crunch of leaves, smell the earthiness of autumn.

    Thanks for sharing ~ FlowerLady

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  13. Wow, you have some stunning blooms still! Your garden covered with Oak leaves looks very familiar. I do the same thing--using them as mulch over the perennials. Great photos!

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  14. I admire your Bloom Day bravery for taking a step back and showing the world the big picture in your garden. I don't have near as many leaves to rake as you, but like you, I am only going to do it once. So let the neighbors talk, I'll get to it when I do.

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  15. November blossoms are such a blessing! They are so few, yet so beloved in their sparseness. I have a few left too, and I treasure them because I know their days are numbered. Boohoo!

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  16. Jan, how fun and clever you are with this post!!! I enjoyed it!

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  17. Lovely, Jan ... November glory! Happy Thanksgiving :)

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  18. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Been enjoying your updates on FB.

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  19. Oh Jan, I can SO relate to your carpet of leaves! They look much prettier in your garden than they do in mine. I should study your photos and see what I need to change in my garden. Love those Clemmy photos! I'm glad you received the book. Yes my story was sad but I'm okay now. Funny how time heals. :) I hope you enjoy the rest of the book too.

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  20. I think you and I are growing the same pink clematis! I would still love to get together! I think your garden looks great! Mine has completely gone to bed. No action til spring! :o) I posted another recipe you might like.

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  21. Hi Jan,
    I kind of miss this look, but even more, I'm looking forward to spring.

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  22. Love the long views of your yard/garden. I think your garden is inviting, full of leaves or not!

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  23. Very pretty blooms and great photos. I am your new follower. Come on by my new blog when you have time.

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  24. Jan---that hot pink clematis photo is GORGEOUS! Really beautiful composition, too. Five star photo! :-)

    I just replied to your comment about "no bake cookies." In case you don't see it, here's what I wrote:

    Jan—if you ever find a recipe for no-bake cookies, PLEASE forward it to me. You remember the days when we were little and we could ACTUALLY EAT RAW COOKIE DOUGH? I looked at that dough longingly on Sunday. Ah, those were the days. On the evening news a day before, they had a newsbit on not eating cookie dough and why it was bad for you. I always thought it as because of the addition of the raw egg. Apparently it’s due to the flour, or so they speculate. Flour is an agricultural product that isn’t as regulated as other items. Who knew? Good thing we’re both great at gardening, huh? ;-)

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  25. Jan,
    this is a lot more color than we're seeing in Mississippi! looks great. Happy holidays!

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  26. Jan it is wonderful to see so many blooms where I have none...

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Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment! Please enjoy your TODAY and all of the gifts in YOUR garden of life!

Jan

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