Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - November 2020

Mid-November... ALREADY?

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

There are more blooms left than I expected.  Yes, the rosemary of course, but a fair amount surprising hangers-on.  (Pardon the gaps, I am still arguing with the formatting on this "new" Blogger!)  

 The calendulas are still doing nicely. The one on the left is in a concrete block hole and is one of my favorites.  The others are smaller in size than during the summer, but unlike most years still touched by mildew.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Blanketflower with a lot of buds.  These flowers have been freezing stiff and thawing out fine.

In the front yard the 'Red Riding Hood' penstemon is blooming for the third (maybe fourth) time this year!  Not as many flower stems, but it adds some color. 

Alyssum in various places is getting leggy and quite sparse, but not dying!  The Chinese forget-me-nots self-seeded and there are dozens of baby plants waiting until spring to grow.  This one rebel is defying nature and blooming now!



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 A few black-eyed Susans are still flowering nicely.  The one on the left is a full-size one, usually.  Now it's flowering very low to the ground.  I stopped dead-heading the small blossomed one on the right to let it self seed.  It looks a bit ragged now, but is full of new flowers.   



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosemary (right is Tuscan Blue) of course, and black cumin (left).  The black cumin seed pods are fascinating, but all of them have been completely empty of seeds. 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right is prostrate rosemary, and left a single bloom on 'Mini Blue' lavender.  



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 'Moonbeam' yarrow on the left.  The Persian catmint on the right may be small, but any color is welcome in the mostly dormant herb garden.   



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below, knautia 'Macedonica Red Knight."  Many fewer flowers, but still pretty.  I almost forgot the artichokes, but they're flowers.  Not open yet, and may never get to it, but still flowers. 





See you in December!  Have a Happy Thanksgiving, but mostly a safe one, which may mean not gathering with extended family.  The COVID-19 pandemic is NOT over, even if many are getting lazy about precautions.  Oregon goes on a two week "pause" starting next week. That means moving backwards.  Restaurants are take-out only again, and movie theaters and gyms are closed. 

Comments

  1. I enjoyed seeing some plants that either can't overwinter here, or can only be grown with difficulty - artichokes and rosemary. We've had rosemary bloom a couple of times in our New York garden but not this year. We have to overwinter our plants indoors. Some farmers in New England are trying to grow artichokes using low tunnels, I understand. Thank you for trying to identify my mystery plant. I have a feeling it is in the wrong location. We'll see if the flower survives the hard freeze we will have Tuesday night.

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    1. Artichokes can be iffy here. This one was grown from seed only last year, and I tried to force it to go dormant, cutting it to ground level and piling on mulch. It just grew right up again. This year I cut it back a lot and here it is again. So, we'll see. Some rosemarys (rosemaries? Spell-check dislikes both!) are more hardy than others. I lose a branch or two every winter on Tuscan Blue, but the prostrate is amazing, even when there's snow.

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  2. I wish I could get Chinese forget-me-nots to survice long enough to bloom here, much less self-seed! I need to sow Calendula seeds now as I love the flowers even if they succumb to mildew all too quickly.

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    1. That's strange. Mine came from mixed Dollar Tree seeds two years ago. The bed isn't level, so most of the self-seeded seeds washed to one side of the bed! If you have a Dollar Tree watch for their seeds in a few months. They have the Chinese forget-me-nots alone for 25 cents.

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  3. Sorry you're having Blogger problems. I think I've figured out most of what I normally do. Good luck.

    Yeah, I was hoping for Thanksgiving this year. But then again, in the spring, when people were doing drive-by birthdays, I thought, "Oh, it'll be done by MY birthday in July". Nope. Now I'm not even expecting a New Year's.

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    1. I know what you mean! I sent my son in to do a huge shopping in April, he spent over $500! We thought it would keep us until it was "over!" All the neighbors stayed in for weeks. Now they're tired of it and getting sloppy. Well, we're both back to stricter ways now because of them.

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  4. Your autumn blooms look absolutely lovely. Stay safe during this difficult time. It looks like the winter will be a tough one, but there is hope for a brighter 2021.

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    1. Oh, I hope it's not severe in weather too. Fortunately, I have nowhere I need to be, so can stay put.

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  5. Loved all of the blooms.Its glad to see Blanket flower still blooming in your region.It would be my pleasure if you join my link up party related to gardening where you can share posts related to plants and flowers here at http://jaipurgardening.blogspot.com/2020/11/garden-affair-happy-diwali.html

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    1. Yes, the blanketflower has surprised me too!

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