Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for November 2012.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, we’ve had more than one killing frost so outdoor blooms are scarce and most of the leaves have fallen from the trees.
In the lawn, a few volunteer violas, seedlings of violas planted last spring or earlier, are blooming. They seem to be oblivious to the frost, the grass around them and the occasional mower blade that is set just high enough to avoid cutting them off.
They make me want to buy up packets of viola seeds and cast them about the lawn to see if more will show up.
Elsewhere in the garden, the asters, which in past years were still showing a bit of color in mid-November, are completely brown now.
I should really cut these down now, or by spring time I will have thousands of aster seedlings throughout the garden.
I’m less concerned about tall sedums self-sowing so I’ll leave these seed heads standing for the winter.
We like to tell ourselves that these dried up flowers look good with tufts of snow on them in the winter-time.
You might think that there will be no more blooms in my garden until spring. That used to be true, but now I have Helleborus niger growing in my garden.
It is known to many as the Christmas Rose because it blooms through the wintertime. It already has at least one bud on it, giving me hope that I and my garden won’t be bloomless until spring.
Inside where it is warm, the Thanksgiving cactus is poised to bloom.
It should be in full bloom right on schedule for Thanksgiving, one week from today.
How’s your garden blooming on this mid-November day?
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“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence