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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- November 2017

It's already the middle of November, which means it's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, when garden  bloggers around the world show off the flowers in their gardens. There's truly very little still flowering in my garden, but there are a couple of things, which I ran around like a mad thing photographing last night around dusk, braving a cold wind.

One of the fancy leaf Begonias in my greenhouse is flowering. They're pretty unremarkable flowers.

The last tuberous Begonia flower -- single rather than double, which I think from my reading means it's a female flower

Cyclamen hederifolium

Mahonia 'Soft Caress' in the pot ghetto

Arbutus unedo 'Compacta' -- this is the most heavily laden with flowers I've ever seen it. The hummingbirds have been all over it recently

And it sports both flowers and berries at the same time
And that's it!

Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Check out her post here.


  1. Your Cyclamen hederifolium is perfection! Arbutus unedo 'Compacta' brings such welcome late autumn/winter blooms. Mine is also very heavily laden with flowers but no berries this year. Probably the squirrels ate them all. Happy GBBD, pal!

  2. I love that about the strawberry tree, fruit and flower at the same time. I wish there was a truly dwarf variety that I could plant in my garden. Will the soft caress be released from the ghetto eventually?

  3. I am so jealous you've planted an Arbutus unedo. I adore that plant!

  4. Hi Alison!
    I love the last picture! Blooms and berries together. It makes me wish that people would be the same as that plant: beautiful as when they were young (blooms!) and wise as they become late in life (berries!). LOL! Too much rain, I guess. My brains get twisted...

  5. Happy GBBD, Alison! That's a gorgeous Cyclamen. They've started appearing in the local garden centers here but I try to shut my eyes and walk on by as they're really just expensive annuals for us. I got some to over-summer in my former garden but I haven't been successful with that in this garden.

  6. Ah, to see blooms in the garden in mid=November. Wonderful! Nothing of any beauty here to bring cheer, but hopefully snow will soon cover up all the work I've not done. :-)

  7. I love Arbutus unedo because of the flowers and fruit, and mostly the evergreen foliage. This is great for informal hedges and screening with kick-ass fruit for color!


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