It’s time for an additional Backyard Bloggers’ Bloom Day, however I did not assume I might take part this month. Though we have had an exquisite and unusually lengthy fall, a lightweight frost proper after the October Bloom Day put an finish to most of my annuals. Not everybody in my space had the identical outcomes, however dwelling within the nation with little shelter for many of my backyard, my poor vegetation are fairly uncovered to the weather. About the one bloom I believed I had this month was the primary bloom on the Thanksgiving cactus, a fairly paltry providing for November Bloom Day. However I made a decision to stroll round this morning with my digital camera anyway and was completely satisfied to see just a few surprises.
The frosty Sedum is what most of my backyard now seems like within the morning. We have now had a killing frost this previous week, so even my neighbors’ gardens look the identical.
The ‘Victoria Blue’ salvia stood as much as the sunshine frost, however this week was an excessive amount of for it. Right now the blooms are spindly little shadows of themselves. I nonetheless have not had time to drag all of the useless annuals, however these will keep within the backyard over the winter anyway–they normally re-seed considerably for me, and I am not about to show down free vegetation!
Whereas a lot of the backyard is brown, there’s some foliage nonetheless to take pleasure in. The Amsonia hubrichtii in my header photograph has since light, however the Amsonia tabernaemontana is making a run at taking its place with its now golden foliage.
Strolling in direction of the shade backyard I believed I spied some kind of pink bloom, however I found it was a Heuchera glowing within the solar.
Close by, the Hellebores present the one true inexperienced foliage left in my backyard. They are going to seem like this a lot of the winter, offering a reminder to me that sure, spring will come once more. You may discover all of the leaves on this and a number of other different photographs. Many gardeners shred their leaves and use them as mulch within the backyard. I normally do not take the time to shred mine, nonetheless, and simply rake them into the backyard beds to assist shield the vegetation through the winter. This yr I did not have time to rake leaves, however robust storm winds this previous week blew all of the leaves out of the yard and into the fields and conveniently deposited simply sufficient in all of the flowerbeds. Typically it pays to be a lazy gardener:)
Whereas a lot of the leaves are gone from the timber, the Viburnum ‘Cardinal Sweet’ nonetheless sports activities a number of little berries. Now I’m ready for the cardinals to return this winter to see in the event that they actually like them.
With digital camera in hand this morning, I went searching for the one plant I believed may nonetheless be blooming. ‘Walker’s Low’ Nepeta nonetheless has just a few blooms although not many. That is one plant moreover Sedum I would suggest to anybody wanting a real low-maintenance backyard. It wants little or no care and blooms nonstop all season.
One other plant, however an annual for me, that I really like is ‘Homestead Purple’ Verbena. I used to be stunned to see just a few blooms nonetheless remaining on this plant, however it’ll final till the temperatures dip into the 20’s. I solely want the native backyard facilities would carry this plant. Though it is not hardy right here, it’s a beauty–and a a lot darker purple than this photograph shows–and lasts so lengthy.
Not surprisingly, the geraniums and some petunias are nonetheless in bloom within the porch planter. I usually dig up the geraniums and over-winter them, however I have never had time to try this but. Judging by the forecast, if I wait for much longer, it is going to be too late.
As I stated earlier, I wasn’t anticipating to seek out something actually in bloom this morning, so I used to be pleasantly stunned to seek out this hardy little Rudbeckia hidden among the many leaves.
However the largest shock of all was discovering this clematis bloom. My clematis did not bloom in any respect this yr, so I don’t know why it waited until November. This made the stroll across the backyard this morning value it!
Trying again at my Bloom Day publish from final November, I found that I had nothing blooming in any respect, as a result of it had SNOWED! Good grief, I am not going to complain in any respect this yr and be grateful for the few blooms I’ve. And that puny little cactus bloom will wait till December.