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There’s Still Some Color

November 25th, 2009

There’s still a little color left in the garden. We’re having unseasonably warm weather this November, after an very cold September ruined most of my fall crops. I still have a few things blooming in the gardens, providing some much needed color.
I have a few black-eyed susan’s blooming in one area of the garden (actually they’re growing out of the driveway).
My hanging baskets are hanging on, still providing some bloom and some food for bees. I keep watching them, if I see bees and small pollinators I leave them.
The bacopa is also blooming well and the bees are still enjoying it as well.
I have a few nicotianas that are still blooming as well.

Do you still have anything blooming if you live in a cold area? If you live in a more temperate climate, what blooms for you this time of year?

15 Comments to “There’s Still Some Color”
  1. nic @ nipitinthebud on November 25, 2009 at 6:56 am

    beautiful photos Susie. It’s all mud and falling leave her in the UK. The ruby red hawthorn berries on the tree at my allotment have been particularly striking against the blue autumn skies. I’ve deliberately left my rocket and pak choi plants in the ground because they have the daintiest little white and yellow flowers respectively and even up until this week I’ve seen the odd bee buzzing around them.

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  2. KitsapFG on November 25, 2009 at 9:40 am

    I have hardy fuschias still blooming! Gorgeous tropical looking blooms when it is soggy wet and cold outisde. They did this last year too – went until we had our first major winter storm and were buried in snow.

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    • Susy on November 25, 2009 at 9:45 am

      I actually still have a bloom or two on my tropical fuschia, this is so weird for late November. It’s kind of protected by the trees, so I think that’s why it’s outlasted all the other annuals. I may take a start of it so I don’t have to buy one next year.

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  3. Dave on November 25, 2009 at 9:55 am

    We aren’t in the coldest of areas here in TN but in my little frost pocket we’ve had 5-6 heavy frosts and many things should be gone but aren’t. Butterfly bushes are still putting out blooms, ‘Oranges and Lemons’ Gaillardia is blooming, and various salvias are still flowering. It’s been unusual warm so far this fall.
    .-= Dave´s last blog ..My Simple Compost Solution =-.

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  4. Jaspenelle on November 25, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Since we have almost daily hard frosts now and have had two snowfalls in the past couple weeks, I haven’t seen any blooms or a pollinator in sight. The trees are completely bare of leaves and the grass has faded to a wilted brown. All the rowan on our street however are laden with heavy clusters of orange berries though which look particularly beautiful in the stark landscape.
    .-= Jaspenelle´s last blog ..Every Day =-.

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  5. Jackie @ Lilolu on November 25, 2009 at 10:11 am

    We live in New York, a little south of the Adirondacks. Every now and then we get some unusual warm weather. Last Sunday we picked the last of the flowers from our yard and brought them indoors for some beauty.
    .-= Jackie @ Lilolu´s last blog ..Heartwarming =-.

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  6. Annette on November 25, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Beautiful shots! Here in Bath County VA (on the WV line) it is all dead, dead, dead. We have plenty of the color brown and that’s about it. =/ Thank you for sharing the color. =)
    .-= Annette´s last blog ..One of those days =-.

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  7. Dan on November 25, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Sept really seems to be a bad month for the garden. I know anything that I start in Sept never grows. I have been quite surprised that my hanging baskets are still alive, much like yours a mix of bacopa & Calibrachoa although they are looking a little brown. There also are a few geraniums in the ground and one purple cone flower that is hanging onto life. I should get some photos up before they die. It certainly has been a nice Nov in our neck of the woods.
    .-= Dan´s last blog ..A Quick, Inexpensive Polytunnel =-.

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    • Susy on November 25, 2009 at 11:31 am

      Next year I really need to get my fall things started a lot earlier. I’m working on a Google Calendar with planting dates for fall crops. I need to acquire more garden space though, I can’t plant fall crops if I don’t have any room.

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      • Dan on November 25, 2009 at 11:57 am

        Yes, it is really tough to find a home for fall plantings in July & Aug. I have started to work on my planting plan for next season in order to have crops in certainly places so they will finish in time to plant other things. Its hard to figure out with 130sqf plus having to rotate around the blight incident. This year I grew a lot of things in cell packs in full sun until they had a spot in the garden, seemed to work well. I also religiously went by the planting dates that are set out in Coleman’s book.

        Oh and I picked up a new book recently that I thought you might be interested in. It’s ‘The Apple Grower’ by Michael Phillips, A Guide for the Organic Orchardist. It has been a really good read so far, lots of information on apple growing without being like a textbook read.
        .-= Dan´s last blog ..A Quick, Inexpensive Polytunnel =-.

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      • Susy on November 25, 2009 at 12:02 pm

        Yes, my biggest problem is computing length of growing time with the garden being in the shade. With only part sun things take longer to mature, so I have a hard time figuring that out. I figure after a few years I’ll have it down, although I’d love to have enough space so that I can have the fall garden spaces planted in cover crops that can be turned under whenever it’s time to plant.

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  8. MAYBELLINE on November 25, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Marigolds, pansies, lobelia, stock, roses. Camelias and azelias are getting ready for a Christmas display. And the citrus blossoms are swelling.

    You’ve inspired me to go take photos this morning. Thanks.
    .-= MAYBELLINE´s last blog ..Eggplant =-.

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  9. the inadvertent farmer on November 25, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    I have a rose that is tucked between the house and a large concrete patio…I think the cement radiates heat because even after many frosts it is still blooming and setting new buds. It makes me smile.

    Your photos are lovely! Kim
    .-= the inadvertent farmer´s last blog ..Practicing Thankfulness… =-.

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  10. Pampered Mom on November 25, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    I actually have to chuckle about about this because so many of my shade/cooler weather tolerant plants bit the dust in September, but my annual snap dragons made it through many a hard frost before they seemed to be affected.
    .-= Pampered Mom´s last blog ..The Train Tunnel =-.

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  11. JAS on November 25, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    We’ve got a gorgeous Buck rose, “Hawkeye Belle” that’s still blooming, and some boltonia hanging on as well. Everything else bit the dust when it started snowing off and on in early October here in northeastern Wisconsin. The Hawkeye Belle has bloomed every autumn until heavy snow since we planted it.
    .-= JAS´s last blog ..Turkey in the… Park? =-.

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