Garden Bloggers Bloom Day November 2008

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The first half of November, when these photos were taken (November 12th, to be exact), was unusually mild. So even though I missed Garden Bloggers Bloom Day by a mile (well, okay, only 9 days), I’m going to post these photos anyway, so I can remember this mild November when next winter comes around.

The foliage on 'Dark Towers' penstemon glows ruby red.

The foliage on 'Dark Towers' penstemon glows ruby red.


'Glacier Blue' euphorbia is looking a little shaggy on the bottom, but the upper part of the plant still sparkles. I just wish this would overwinter! Not likely as we've already had a low of 4F, and it's only hardy to 0F.

'Glacier Blue' euphorbia is looking a little shaggy on the bottom, but the upper part of the plant still sparkles. I just wish this would overwinter! Not likely as we've already had a low of 4F, and it's only hardy to 0F.


Speaking of glowing, these golden feverfews were doing just that.

Speaking of glowing, these golden feverfews were doing just that.


I can't ever remember having colchicums bloom this late. It only takes one hard freeze to turn them brown, but there always seems to be a fresh one opening up.

I can't ever remember having colchicums bloom this late. It only takes one hard freeze to turn them brown, but there always seems to be a fresh one opening up.


The Siberian iris foliage remained attractive with its burnished tints.

The Siberian iris foliage remained attractive with its burnished tints.


The spunky Johnny-jump-ups continued to bloom on, despite being nibbled.

The spunky Johnny-jump-ups continued to bloom on, despite being nibbled.


Leave it to the intrepid hellebores to be sending up new growth in the face of winter's onslaught.

Leave it to the intrepid hellebores to be sending up new growth in the face of winter's onslaught.


Somewhat protected by neighboring Siberian iris foliage, this 'Tapestry' heucherella maintains an understated elegance.

Somewhat protected by neighboring Siberian iris foliage, this 'Tapestry' heucherella maintains an understated elegance.


Frosty Pearl euonymus keeps its good looks throughout the winter.

Frosty Pearl euonymus keeps its good looks throughout the winter.


In the colder temperatures of late autumn, one can see that the black pansy is actually deep violet.

In the colder temperatures of late autumn, one can see that the black pansy is actually deep violet.

Bergenia has a reputation for looking good in winter, and Lunar Glow lives up to that reputation

Bergenia has a reputation for looking good in winter, and Lunar Glow lives up to that reputation


Variegated bulbous oat grass wins the award for unspoiled autumn foliage. It looks as fresh as it did in spring. (It does look bad in high summer.)

Variegated bulbous oat grass wins the award for unspoiled autumn foliage. It looks as fresh as it did in spring. (It does look bad in high summer.)

That was then, this is now

The day the pictures above were taken, the low temperature was 30F (-1C). Eleven days later, the high temperature was only 27F(-3C) and the low was a record tying 12F (-11C). And these are all official temps. At our place the thermometer read 4F (-15F), not 12F. And over the past weekend, we got some snow:

Autumn was nice while it lasted . . .

Autumn was nice while it lasted . . .

About Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

Inspired by the words of Elizabeth Lawrence, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year,” Carol of May Dreams Gardens started Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. On the 15th of every month, garden bloggers from all over the world publish what is currently blooming in their gardens, and leave a link in the comments of May Dreams Gardens.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

When dealing with frost it is always best to be paranoid. In the spring never think it is too late for one more frost to come. And in the fall never think it too early.

~Rundy in Frost

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Sue December 3, 2008, 10:34 pm

Hi Kathy,
I am trying to catch up with the blogs I’m following, and glad I made it here. You did still have a lot of nice looking foliage and some pretty flowers!

Kathy Purdy November 26, 2008, 8:19 pm

High of 34F for Thanksgiving Day

Shirley Bovshow "EdenMaker" November 26, 2008, 1:43 am

Hi Kathy,
Glad to read the weather was mild for you not too long ago. What is Thanksgiving day supposed to be like in your parts?
Shirley

susieshomemade November 25, 2008, 5:14 pm

Ours are done too:-)

Kathy Purdy November 25, 2008, 3:54 pm

Thank you for all the kind comments. Debra, how sad you thought you needed an invite! Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is for everyone who wants to join in.

debra November 25, 2008, 10:23 am

hi Kathy, it’s nice to know Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is *forgiving* enough to allow some give and take in the calendar. Kinda the way I remember birthdays. I always thought I had to be invited to participate in tht phenom. Now that I know what a meme is, I will try and remember to play with you on dec. 15th. and oh, stay warm! debra

dlyn November 25, 2008, 8:32 am

After a mild fall it seems we are getting winter early – it looks like Christmas morning out there today! Grasses in the winter are one of my favorite sights.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter November 24, 2008, 11:32 pm

That Penstemon is worth growing for the autumn foliage alone. I’m seriously tempted by Bergenia ‘Lunar Glow.’ I have Bergenia, but that one is so different. Please post photos of it when the snow melts to show how it holds up after winter.

eliz November 24, 2008, 10:56 pm

Beautiful blooms Kathy! Love the feverfew.

Annie in Austin November 24, 2008, 9:53 pm

I enjoy seeing the ‘Tapestry’ heucherella again – it’s hardy enough to come back in spring, I hope?

This is a good record to look back on, Kathy – even though “spunky” and “intrepid” can take a plant only so far once the North wind blows.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Carol, May Dreams Gardens November 24, 2008, 9:38 pm

It’s nice to remember what was, and remember how quickly “winter” can take it away from us. Thanks for joining in, even a few days late!

Carol, May Dreams GArdens