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