Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for November 2011.
Here in my central Indiana Zone 5b garden, any blooms I found outside could best be described as errant blooms, like this lone blue flower on Vinca minor.
Our growing season is over and we’ve finally had a killing frost, though it was later than in most years.
I checked my bloom day posts from past years just to remember how Novembers have been these past four years and found that last year, Symphyotrichum oblongifolium ‘October Skies’ still had errant blooms on it, just like this year.
This is an aster – yes, we can still call it an aster even though someone changed its botanical name. You can keep it to a manageable size by cutting it back by about half in late May. This also encourages more branching, which means more blooms.
Also in the front garden, the Knockout® rose, Rosa ‘Radsunny’ still looks pretty good for this late in the season.
In the back, at the edge of Woodland Follies it is not a bloom that catches the eye, but the dark burgundy foliage of an Oakleaf Hydrangea, Hydrangea querifolia.
This is a shrub that the garden designer planted last fall. It died back to the ground over the winter and was very late to send up new shoots in the spring. I almost dug it for dead, but am glad I didn’t.
Over in The Shrubbery, an area that was planted up in the spring but didn’t get a whole lot of attention the rest of the summer, Boltonia asteroides actually looks pretty good.
Too bad it is a weed.
It is most assuredly time to turn our attention indoors to find our blooms.
I am most fortunate to have two Schlumbergera sp., in bud.
One will have orange flowers.
And one will have pink flowers.
These are also known as Thanksgiving Cactus or Christmas Cactus depending on when they bloom. I believe these will both be blooming well by Thanksgiving.
And that’s what’s blooming in November here at May Dreams Gardens.
What’s blooming in your garden on this fine November day? I hope you’ll join in for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day by posting about what’s blooming in your garden on the 15th of the month.
It’s easy to participate. Just post about what’s blooming in your garden, then leave a link to your post in the Mr. Linky widget below so we can find you and a comment to tell us a little about what we’ll find in your November garden.
All are welcome to participate!
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence