Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for November 2023.
Here in my USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, there are still a few flowers, if you know where to look for them.
We’ll start with some flowers that are supposed to bloom now, then move on to some blooms that are still hanging around, and wrap up with a few annuals that have been here the whole time.
First up are the white crocuses in full bloom, which I previously posted about and identified as “probably” Kotschy’s crocuses, Crocus kotschyanus ‘Albus.’ I believe this is the last of the crocuses until February, when all the tommies (Crocus tommasinianus) will start appearing.
Nearby are the last blooms standing of autumn crocuses, Crocus speciosus.
The autumn crocuses put on a good show this year and are expanding in numbers. Wonderful!
One other flower that should start blooming now, and is, is the Christmas Rose, Helleborus niger.
I should see blooms on this hellebore all through winter! I may even look for some sold as potted flowers closer to Christmas, which is how I got the ones in my garden now.
Let’s switch gears now and check out a few blooms that are hanging barely hanging on.
First up are a few blue flowers on leadwort, Ceratostigma plumbaginoides. It’s always a treat to see these in the fall.
And nearby is this little trial plant, Delosperma ‘Ocean Sunset Orange Glow,’ sent to me earlier this spring.
That rabbit looks like it is protecting those last blooms. Perhaps it is!
Of course, I have pansies hanging on too.
That foliage around them belongs to some little jonquils that will come up and bloom there in the spring. Hopefully, the pansies will overwinter and bloom again in spring too. But whether they do or don’t, I’ll buy more pansies and violas as soon as I can next spring.
Now, if you know where to look, you can also find a violet!
This is a late, lone bloom in a colony of violets I grew from seed years ago. They found a good spot they like and have returned reliably for years. I’ve lost my records—or am too lazy to look for them—so I’m not sure which species this is.
Finally, out in the vegetable garden, some of the alyssum plants I planted way back in March are still putting out some blooms.
And so are the stocks, but I didn’t plant them until May.
I think a good snow will stop them, but our forecast looks clear for weeks to come, so who knows?
And that’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day here in my garden!
What’s blooming in your garden as we head toward winter? Show us by participating in Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. So easy! Post about your blooms on your blog, Instagram, Substack, or wherever on or around the 15th of the month, then come back here and leave a comment about what you have blooming and a link so we can find you!
And it’s true… “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence
Even in November!