Saturday, November 15, 2008

Garden Blogger Bloom Day:November 2008

Come take a walk around my November yard...

It is mostly covered in leaves this time of year...

and today is no different than usual.

It''s November and this post is to contribute to Carol's May Dreams Gardens Garden-Blogger-Bloom-Day. It's my very first time participating!

I went outside and walked around with my camera today--uncertain if I'd find enough garden 'life' to create an interesting blog post. I found more than I thought I would!

First, there are still a few 'annuals', such as these Geraniums...

And the Petunia's have bloomed continuously, as well...
Of course, the hardy Impatience isn't going to give in to winter just yet, either.

Next, the 'perennials' take up most of the garden--and finding this lone Shasta Daisy was a nice surprise!
This photo captures how most of the daisies look these days!
Chrysanthemums are still hanging in there, but are beginning to wilt and turn brown...

This Phlox just doesn't want to rest yet!
A Red Rose is a pleasant sight on a November day...
As are these pink ones!
Most of the rose bushes, however, have lost their flowers, but are producing rosehips--which are a real treat for the birds!
This Dianthus plant isn't ready to give up...

Neither is this one!
Many of these plants, such as this Turtlehead, have blossoms that have continued to keep their color and hang on tightly...

...despite the fact that their bloom-time is (typically) only in the summer!

Even this Gaura has been resisting the inevitable...

And, although this Hyssop has lost it's purple colored blooms, it adds an interesting 'texture' to the garden:
The reddish shade of this Burning Bush is striking...
While this one's toned-down hues are dazzling, as well.

The Holly berries are now bright red and will look beautiful this winter!
Many leaves on the Clematis vines are still going strong...

This Clematis bud looks as if it's getting ready to pop open!
And this one just never wanted to leave even after the blooms were gone...but it is time!
This Lamb's Ear isn't looking too bad for November...

And the Black Eyed Susan just NEVER wants to give up!
This poor Hosta isn't long for this world...

But it is nice to see the Fern still green and unscathed.
The Liriope flowers have turned to seed, and only a few still hang on...
The Hellebore plant will stay green all winter long.
Even the dried-up seed-remnants from the flowers on the Crepe Myrtle tree contribute to the ambience:

When I started this post I didn't think I'd have very many photos to work with.

In this case, being wrong is not a bad thing! (all photos by me)


  1. So today I'm thankful for having found your blog! Thanks for visiting mine--I don't know how I've missed yours. Our gardens look similar--my hosta are in the same condition, and I have some last wispy azalea blooms. So do you know these other VA gardeners? Bek at "Garden Moments," is in NoVa, too; TangledBranches at gardens in both Northern and Central VA (around Richmond, I think); and Raquel, "PerennialGardenLover" is in Newport News Anyway, so glad to have found you!

  2. Hi Jan, like Cosmo I am happy to have found you too. Deleting all those posts must have been heartbreaking. Your photos are lovely, I really like the bird photos on your side bar and the header is stunning! You do have lots of interest now, and captured so well. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Jan!!!!
    Where have you been??? I've been worried about you! You left some wonderful comments on my blog many months ago and then your blogs that I followed disappeared. I'm so thankful that you are still around and sharing your wonderful photos and poems about our beautiful world.



  4. Beautiful blog and LOTS of pictures! Do you know if that shasta is 'Darling'? It seems to be a fall bloomer in my garden. Not sure why. I really like the color green of your blog.

    So sorry about your deletion of all those posts. I know I would probably cry and then give up if it happened to me. I fear it all the time. I did switch my blog from a FTP and lost a ton of pictures, but the posts were there. They are the most work I think, the writing.

    Thanks for stopping by our blog, I'll add you to the sidebar. And you are right, it is about today. Your blog name is a nice reminder.

  5. Oh, you have lots of beauties for bloom day. I'm wondering what little we'll see next month. Your bird photos are fabulous. Thanks for stopping by my blog.~~Dee

  6. Hello Jan - you've got an interesting post with so many plants still blooming among the autumn leaves.

    Your profile only says United States so it was good to see your mention of Virginia in the body of the post.

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  7. Jan I saw that you liked my paintings, And I am very glad of it. I also saw that you have gaura in your garden, I don't know about you but I love my gaura. It gets so big and blooms all year. Mine too bloomed up until...Well it is still blooming even with the snow! Enjoy!


  8. Jan thank you so much for dropping by my blog and leaving such nice comments girl !
    You have very fresh looking plants compared to my "we are rolling up the carpet and getting ready for winter garden !" .. phew ! that was a lot to say in one sentence : ) .. Your blog title and picture are so nice .. you are very creative and I know "I'll be back !!" many times, thank you !

  9. Hi Jan, thanks for leaving a comment on my blog so I can visit yours in return. Great blog! I am glad that you didn't give up writing after you deleted all those posts. I will definitely come back.

  10. What a lovely garden you have this late in the season. At this time of the year we are thankful for the random blooms but mostly we are blessed with colorful foliage. Thanks for visiting my blog today! Glad I found you, I will add you to my links. :)

  11. Hi Jan,
    I can't remember whose blog I was just on, maybe Leslie's, where I clicked on the name of your blog, I think from her comments, because I liked the name of it. I am going around looking at GBBD blogs. I enjoyed your poem about rain, too.

  12. You certainly do have quite a few things still blooming...and lots of nice colorful leaves!

  13. I would have been extremely frustrated to have lost all of my posts. Your new blog has a very positive outlook.
    You have many beautiful pictures. I especially enjoy your first photo with the thick layer of leaves of the ground. The rustic fence behind suits the area.

  14. One of the fun things about Bloom Day is that it makes us search out those blooms we might not otherwise notice. There's so much to appreciate in the garden..even apart from blooms...isn't there? All those lovely colors and textures. Your first photo conjures up cozy thoughts. It's gorgeous! You found some great survivors in your November garden.
    Thanks so much for visiting. Almost all my blooming plants are inside now. Only a few tiny survivors left in the garden. We're having a wintery week!

  15. Stunning photos! I enjoy the attention to beauty and the appreciation of the world around you that they reveal... and they make me wish (more than) just a little bit for a longer growing season than our northern climate allows.

  16. Isn't it amazing what you see when you take the time to look! Beautiful blog Jan, I'm glad I stopped by.

  17. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog ! You do have a lot going on in your garden still. I swear that lamb's ear keeps going and going.

  18. Cosmo: Thank you so much! I just joined blotanical, that's why you've missed me! I'll look for the other VA gardiners!
    Frances: Thank you for the compliments.
    Brian: Hope you are feeling alright these days.
    Tina: Thanks so much. I don't know the name of the daisy--I've lost the original tags of a lot of my plants. Luckily I didn't lose photos, because they are in my files, but I hadn't backed up any of the material I'd written on the blog itself.
    Thanks, Dee. It will be difficult to find anything blooming next month, I have a feeling!
    Annie: thank you!
    OG: Yes, I do like the gaura quite a lot. It reminds me of butterfly's in my garden.
    Hi Joy: My garden will have that 'winter' feel in December, I'm quite sure!
    Hi Bek: Thanks so much, and
    Perennial Gardener, you too! I'm glad I stopped by to visit both of you!
    Sue, Leslie: Thank you both so much!
    NS: That photo was just taken at random, and it it did turn out nice despite the fact I didn't spend any time setting it up! Lucky? Yes.
    Kerri: Yes, it will be nice to be reminded to go around and visit everyone who takes part in the GBBD and get to know them a little better:)
    Anno, Michelle: Thanks to each of you!
    Cindy: I'm so glad you stopped by! My lambs ear has never produced very nice flowers but the leaves usually stay green. Green is better than brown, especially this time of year!


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