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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- November 2016

For Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, there's not much still flowering outside in the garden, but there are a few.

Alstroemeria -- still in its black nursery pot

Unknown hardy Geranium reblooming


Fuchsia magellanica

Fuchsia magellanica aurea

My Chrysanthemum 'Sheffield Pink' flowers so late, starting in late October and continuing into November, I sometimes wonder if it's worth growing. I tend to overlook it. Although I still have plenty of work to do out in the garden, and projects to accomplish, once the October rains and cold temps return, I start spending less time out there. It flowers spectacularly, but it's playing to an empty theater.
Chrysanthemum 'Sheffield Pink"

One of my Mahonia x media 'Charity' sits right outside the window of my TV room, and its flowers are attracting hummingbirds that squabble over its nectar and pollen, providing me with a lovely distraction from tele-viewing.

Mahonia x meadia 'Charity'

Mahonia x media 'Charity'

In the greenhouse, the flowering plants are dominated by a handful of different types of Aloes, all with sweet, elegant flowers.

But like the 'Sheffield Pink' mums, the Aloes don't start flowering till just before, or even after, they're moved into the greenhouse in the fall. I'm not sure if I wish they would flower in the summer, or if I'm glad I've got something sweet and delicate to look at out there on rainy days.

There are a few other plants flowering in the greenhouse too.

Iochroma 'Ashcott Red' -- A Brug relative formerly owned by Peter The Outlaw Gardener, and now mine

Salvia 'Wendy's Wish' -- normally an annual, but I'm going to see how it winters over inside

Euphorbia milii/Crown of Thorns


'Old Lady' cactus

Pelargonium sidoides

That's about it for flowers here. Without the greenhouse, this would be a much shorter post.

Carol and May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Check out her post here, where many gardeners around the world share posts about what's blooming in their gardens this month, and every month on the fifteenth.