Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for November 2008.
Here in my zone 5 garden, it is definitely almost winter, but a few foxgloves, Digitalis purpurea, haven’t gotten the message and are hanging on. Shhh… let’s not tell them, or any garden fairies sleeping nearby, that this growing season is over.
I haven’t quite faced the end of the season, either, as shown by these container plants that I’ve left until the bitter end.
That bitter end will probably come tomorrow for these flowers, or maybe next week. Or definitely the day after Thanksgiving when I start to put up Christmas decorations. Maybe.
I’m definitely leaving this bird’s nest alone. I’m pretty sure it’s a robin’s nest and it won’t be used again, but I like seeing it there, so there it will stay.
I’m always happy when I find birds’ nests in the trees after the leaves fall off. It makes me feel like I’m doing something right in my garden, if the birds choose my trees and big shrubs to build their nests in.
Oh, were we supposed to talk about our blooms on bloom day? Sorry about that. Gads, sometimes I get distracted.
Along with the foxglove, there are lots of sedum blooms in the garden.Most are pretty dry now and have turned to various shades of brown and deep purple. I’ll leave these for winter interest. They look good with snow on them.
Other remnants of bloom in the garden include Hydrangeas, mums, Hydrangeas, coneflower seed heads, Aster seeds heads and a few old roses on my one small carpet rose.
I should really trim back the asters or I’ll be ‘busting my aster’ pulling out aster seedlings in the spring. I’ll do that maybe tomorrow or next week, or definitely by the day after Thankskgiving.
For some reason, late in the year, once it gets cold and dreary out, it seems like a lot of ‘procrastination’ blooms in my garden. How about in yours? Do you need help identifying it? If so, let me know sometime and maybe I’ll help determine if it is growing in your garden. It’s hard to get good a picture of ‘procrastination’, but I know it blooms in my late season garden.
One other plant that is growing in my garden that is worth a mention are the Lenten Roses, Helleborus sp.
While much of the garden is turning tan or brown as it goes dormant, Helleborus will stay dark green all through the winter.When everything else looks dull and lifeless, this spot of green will remind me that spring is “just” around the corner.
What’s blooming in your garden in mid-November for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day? We would love to have you post on your blog about your blooms today and then leave a comment here, so we can find you and come for a ‘virtual garden visit’.
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” – Elizabeth Lawrence