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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.


  1. Gorgeous displays, inside and out. Am I right that the Chrysanthemum is valuable as a pollinator, even if you're not out there admiring it?

    If 'Wendy's Wish' acts in the greenhouse the way Pineapple Sage does, you will love having it in there blooming all winter.

  2. I like the early blooming mahonia that feeds hummingbirds. We should consider adding these to our garden.

  3. You take nice pictures! My favorite plant/picture is the 'Sheffield Pink' mum large and the color of the Iochroma.

  4. Love the pelargonium in the last shot. Its blooms look almost black.

  5. You are the queen of blooming Aloes in the PNW. I have many but it is very rare for one of them to bloom.

  6. Tricyrtis! i think i have the same one 'samurai'? i had great success with this adorable plant this year in a difficult location. and it is still blooming! would i be ridiculous to plant a one gallon Mahonia x media 'Charity', which i cannot find anyway? i have found some five gals. hummingbird attractor clinches it, i must grow it. hopefully my huge Salvia 'Wendy's Wish' will survive the winter in the ground very near where a salvia 'flame' survived last winter. next year at this time we will have a solarium into which i can bring it. did you pot up yours out of the ground, or did you already have it in a container in the summer?

  7. Kind of you to share the joys of that greenhouse with we less fortunate.

  8. I love the Mahonia and have it on my wish list for an upcoming fall nursery trip. Of all your wonderful photos, the one that most entranced me was the close-up of the little begonia flower - I've never noticed they are so pretty!

  9. I wouldn't get rid of your Chrysanthemum 'Sheffield Pink.' It's nice to have things to lure us out into the garden in the late fall and winter and keep us company in the cold if we decide to pull weeds or revamp a bed. I'm so grateful that you influenced me to get a greenhouse as it does make such a difference to have growing and blooming things through the cold and wet seasons. Happy GBBD!

  10. What a special place your greenhouse must be right now Alison. I love the Aloe blooms.

  11. So many goodies for this late in the year!!!

  12. Great blooms, Alice! I love the Alstroemeria with the pernettya foliage. Maybe you should plant them together! The Mahonia blooms are so cheerful. I just got an 'Arthur Menzies', though it was a freebie in rough shape. Hoping it blooms next fall. I may have to get a 'Charity', too, to prolong the show.

  13. The beauty in that greenhouse....I love the exotic feel of so many of these flowers.


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