End of the Season

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What a November this has been to this point!  The month started with the Cubs successful the World Sequence, the primary time in 108 years.  This die-hard Cubs’ fan was ecstatic and walked round in a joyful delirium for at the least a day.  Three days later, a brand new child granddaughter entered this world, and Grandma was stuffed with pleasure, to not point out impatient anticipation as we wait to make the drive to Texas to see her for the primary time.  After which three days after that was Election Day.  Like many others, I watched in disbelief as outcomes got here in that night time, and awakened the subsequent morning stuffed with dread and fear.  Speak about operating the gamut of feelings in only one quick week!

However I am not going to speak about politics right this moment, nor the fairy-tale ending to this 12 months’s Cubs’ season, nor am I even going to point out off my treasured granddaughter right this moment.  As a substitute, let’s speak concerning the backyard.  The start of November was wonderful with heat climate and plenty of annuals nonetheless blooming within the backyard.

Just some days in the past, November 10, to be actual, I used to be admiring this ‘Senorita Rosalita’ Cleome.  I’ve planted this cultivar in pots the final a number of years, and it by no means did notably properly. This 12 months I made a decision to plant it in a naked spot within the sidewalk backyard, and what a distinction!  Topping out at three 1/2 ft tall and spreading much more in width, it’s clearly a lot happier right here with room to develop.  Lesson realized for subsequent 12 months.

On the identical day, I walked round admiring the zinnias, realizing their days have been numbered.  To my shock, I discovered a late customer having fun with the blooms.  This poor Monarch seems like he is had a tough time, and sadly, I do not assume he had time to make it South earlier than the chilly set in.  Lots of the zinnias have been wanting simply as tattered, however there have been nonetheless sufficient contemporary blooms to get pleasure from one final time.

One final time…as a result of this was the scene the subsequent morning.  Our first frost arrived on November 11, and what survived that first morning was given a last blow the subsequent morning with even colder temperatures.  Seeing the tip of summer season/autumn blooms is at all times a bit unhappy, however I am not complaining.This was the newest first frost ever recorded in our space, so we had an unusually lengthy season to benefit from the backyard this 12 months.

Whereas the frost just about zapped the backyard, there are nonetheless just a few annuals blooming.  ‘Victoria Blue’ Salvia remains to be wanting good as are the geraniums, and surprisingly, some verbena in a pot survived the chilly.  In fact, the few pansies I’ve are thriving.


As is the ruffled kale, which appears to get extra colourful because the temperature drops.



The few roses I’ve do not thoughts the cooler climate both; ‘Zephirine Drouhin’ has even put out just a few new blooms.


Because the backyard winds down for the 12 months, it’s a good time to benefit from the final days of autumn coloration.  The leaves turned late this 12 months. My maple, the star of our entrance yard each fall, nonetheless is hanging on to lots of its leaves.

Grasses are at their peak proper now, and the seedheads of switchgrasses, for instance, add magnificence to the backyard as they rustle within the breeze.


One in all my favourite vignettes within the backyard annually is that this, Amsonia hubrichtii with a Beautyberry subsequent to it.  My digicam needs to clean out the colour for some purpose, however this Amsonia is a dramatic gold proper now and positively glows within the daylight.


Whereas November would not have the riot of colours that summer season has, there’s nonetheless a lot to get pleasure from within the backyard.  Even seedheads have a magnificence all their very own and generally an additional shock if you happen to look carefully sufficient.

I’ve actually appreciated the prolonged season this 12 months, particularly this previous week as I’ve discovered as soon as once more that there is nothing fairly like gardening for soothing your soul.

Backyard Bloggers’ Bloom Day is delivered to you every month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

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