In cold climates like mine, November is a tough month in which to find flowers. I’ve done my best to extend the season, so I’m not surprised to see autumn crocus or hellebores–or even violas–blooming. But when I walked around my garden the other day, I found five flowers blooming that don’t typically bloom in November.
Why are they blooming now?
What all these flowers have in common is they are in protected microclimates. A shrub shelters them from the worst of the cold, or a wall radiates heat. I try to remember where these late bloomers show up, so when I have an “iffy” plant I want to pull through the winter, I plant it in one of these sheltered locations. Also, when we have a cold spell followed by a warm spell, some plants, like the celandine poppy–and perhaps the lamium as well–think they’ve gone through winter and spring has arrived. I’ve seen it happen with primroses, too. A borderline hardy plant might be devastated by a false spring, but the celandine poppy and the lamium are tough enough to take it.
Really, if you think about what you are seeing in the garden, there is always something to learn from it.
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.