I was going to blather on about how this November was milder than last, but when I checked, I discovered that’s what I said last November, too! It was more typically cold in November 2007; however, the larches had more needles left at that time than they do this year. Not sure why that is.
Thanksgiving CactusThe only new bloom is from my Thanksgiving cactus (above), which decided to grace me with a blossom this year. Ever since we insulated the upstairs, I’ve had trouble getting my two zygocactus to bloom, because my bedroom is no longer cool enough to initiate bloom. As an experiment, I kept the Christmas cactus outside as long as I dared, but left the Thanksgiving cactus in the kitchen. So far, it has one bloom. It will be interesting to see if the Christmas cactus has more than last year.
I didn’t mention my ‘Waterperry’ veronica blooming last November, and I can’t remember if it did. The flowers are quite small, so perhaps I didn’t think it worth mentioning.It is thriving in a stone wall, and the bronzy leaves have turned maroon in many places. It’s quite attractive in three seasons, and would probably look nice throughout a milder winter.
Colchicums in November
These past few weeks I’ve been thinking to myself that I can’t ever remember colchicums blooming into November, and then when I checked last year’s bloom day post I discovered I said the same thing last year! Such memory lapses demonstrate the usefulness of keeping garden records, whether you have a special book or depend on Garden Bloggers Bloom Day posts to record your garden data.From the kitchen door they look like someone left a couple of snowballs on the other side of the yard.
Lunar Glow BergeniaI received ‘Lunar Glow’ bergenia as a trial plant from Terra Nova Nurseries in 2008. I had never grown bergenia before, and while I knew it was primarily a foliage plant, I wasn’t sure how good it would look after one of our winters. I have decided it is one of those totally reliable but humble plants that lets all the other plants have the spotlight during the growing season. But once those show-offs are all burnt to a crisp by a hard frost and invisible until next year, suddenly this bergenia pulls out all the stops and puts on a spectacular show. Who would have suspected this unassuming plant was wearing Joseph’s coat of many colors? It’s like Clark Kent stepping out of the phone booth as Superman.
Johnny-jump-ups in the Coral Bells
I can see this next combination from several windows. How considerate of those Johnny-jump-ups to seed themselves around the Dolce Blackcurrant heuchera, which I received as a trial plant from Proven Winners.The heuchera’s foliage appears unfazed by the night temps in the low 20sF we’ve been having, and this is the kind of weather that the violas like best. They make a great couple! I could easily get used to these mild fall days.
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 Mr. Linky and the comments of May Dreams Gardens.