Thursday, November 15, 2012

Scraping The Bottom of the Bloom Day Barrel

Garden season is officially over here and has been for a few weeks.  After two entire weekends spent herding leaves and cleanup waste to the curb I'm ready to be done with it all.  Just one more weekend to go...I can do it, I can do it...

During the week the sun is just rising when I leave for work and starting to set when I get home.  What it all adds up to is not much in the way of photo ops means not much in the way of blog fodder.  Needless to say, it's been a snoozefest around here.

Weather has been instrumental in the demise of the garden this fall  What plants weren't taken out by the hard freeze on October 12th or blown away by Hurricane Sandy on October 29th were no match for the five or six inches of wet snow last Wednesday.  Despite the setbacks though, I was determined to find something in bloom for Bloom Day this month and I was marginally successful.  In the spirit of full disclosure, I did take these pictures on Sunday afternoon but nothing much has changed since then.  I swear it hasn't.

Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting this somewhat monthly event.


Calibrachoas in general did not wow me this year but take a look at this one.  Usually I keep all the plant tags tucked in the pot but for some reason I don't have this one.  Keep an eye out for it next year.






OK so I cheated a bit and have been keeping this Brugmansia in the garage.  Soon I'll be hacking it back and tossing it in a basement closet for the winter but not as long as it's pushing out flowers like this.



Allium thunbergii 'Ozawa'-an understated plant but invaluable for late season color.






Grasses count, right?  This is Miscanthus 'Sarabande'



A bit of a stretch maybe but I still see a few flowers on this mum



Berries on Viburnum dilatatum 'Cardinal Candy'

Happy Bloom Day!


Sue~


17 comments:

  1. You did really well Sue, lovely images from your autumn garden. I have to have that viburnum! those berries are fabulous. Absolutely nothing left outdoors here now, even the Japanese Maples are done...

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    1. One of my Japanese maples on the patio is just starting to color up. Weird year, but aren't they all.

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  2. Here the Allium Ozawa is finished...the viburnum mostly so. I don't think a single flower remains! Grasses definitely count!!! And so do the colors of your house and garage! Good for you! It never occurred to me to try for a November Bloom Day!
    OOPS! Yesterday I found dandelions blooming in the "lawn". They were quite cheerful actually.

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    1. As I cruise around to various blogs I notice that Dandelions appear to be a November Bloom Day theme. Keep it in mind for next year.

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  3. Hey, Sue. Fading blooms are like aging faces: while not fresh and new, appealing nonetheless, with character that only comes with time. Enjoy.

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    1. What a lovely way of looking at it, Lee!

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  4. Wow! I'm going to have to look for a fall blooming allium. Great photos.

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    1. 'Ozawa' is well worth planting. For most of the season it looks like a patch of onion grass then wows you with a huge splash of color when not much else is blooming.

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  5. After the weather you've had, I'm amazed at your blooms! I hope Sandy didn't hit you too hard. Our SC garden finally had frost last week, so many of the blooms turned to mush. Still, it's amazing what you can find with a bit of hunting. (Fortunately, I put low tunnels in place to protect the veggies gardens before the frost arrived.) Happy Bloom Day to you!

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    1. Surprisingly no plant losses from Sandy. Just a 24 hour loss of power for me and believe me, when I watch the news and see what so many people lost, I feel very fortunate.

      Thanks for visiting!

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  6. Hi Sue,
    You have much more blooming in your CT garden than I have in mine ... perhaps because my location might be a bit more rural? My calibrachoas ... also in blue pots ... gave up after the first frost in October.
    We seem to have similar taste ... I have the same cube clay pots as in your header photo. I've not seen them anywhere else till now.
    Happy GBBD!

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  7. I love Allium thunbergii 'Ozawa'... I have not run into that one before. Thanks!

    Glad that you are still enjoying the blooms while they are here! I had to go out and buy a few more hellebores today to dream about spring a bit. :) Lovely blog!
    ~Julie

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  8. Grasses always count!!! I love that Allium...I need to get a few of those for some pops of Autumn color!

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  9. Oh my...you have a Brugmansia in bloom! So pretty. Mine did not bloom the entire summer or fall, but they are now covered in buds. I don't know if I will see blooms before the first frost arrives. They are all planted in the ground.
    Happy Bloom Day!

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  10. A lot of blooms for so late in the season. We're freezing here.

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  11. Good job! You have at least a few blooms. Here I still see a few violas and pansies that have reseeded.

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  12. Your Allium is very sweet and you have a lot of blooms in your garden for this time of the year in your neck of the woods! What stole the show for me is that fabulous Viburnum. Gorgeous! I must find one. Happy belated GBBD!

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