I‘m not going to pretend that November’s garden looks as good as October’s. I’m not even going to pretend that mid-November’s garden looks as good as early November’s.But I do want to celebrate the mild November we’ve been having.
Yes, mild. Here in Cold Climate Land, it has actually been unseasonably warm. In fact, the National Weather Service says that “the average temperature so far this month is higher than the October average temperature. This is when temperatures should be falling about 10 degrees[Fahrenheit] from last month.” The lawn is still green because the ground hasn’t frozen yet. And you can still find beauty if you know where to look.Kudos to ‘Enchanted Indigo’ spike speedwell, which I received as a sample from Proven Winners. Many perennials can take a frost and keep blooming. Some can take a freeze in stride. But after several freezes, even if the leaves look good, most plants stops producing flowers. But this veronica has not quit. If you live in a cold climate, this plant should definitely be in your garden. Most veronicas perform well in my climate, but none other has bloomed so long. Violas encompass Johnny-jump-ups and pansies. They are considered winter-blooming annuals down south, so it should not surprise anyone that they bloom until covered with snow here. I brought this white blooming lamium from my old house, a passalong from my friend Bub, but there was a pink-blooming one already growing here, and it’s still blooming, too.
And that’s it for flowers. Once again, foliage saves the day.
If the pleasant part of autumn could be counted on to last longer, I would put more effort into combining these long-lasting foliage plants into attractive displays. It doesn’t seem worth the effort when bitter weather will keep potential viewers indoors, or snow will bury the carefully crafted color combinations. Instead, they are scattered around the garden, and on mild days I go look for them.I sometimes wonder if I should group several clumps together for a massed display, but I fear the color might be too intense that way. Heh. But they think the autumn they’ve already experienced is as cold as it gets. Are they in for a surprise!
Foxgloves, coral bells, lungworts, hellebores, and other hardy geraniums still have presentable foliage, but I have featured them in many other cold season blog posts, so I won’t mention them here. You might also be interested in these previous November posts.
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.