Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - November 2021

And just like that, here we are in November. Where has the year fled? We've been enjoying unusually pleasant (for us) autumn weather here in zone 9a. Cool, sunny days and often quite chilly nights, sometimes dipping into the lower 40s F. And while the garden still looks a bit raggedy around the edges, it, too, has enjoyed this cooler weather with the occasional fall rains. Here's what has survived to bloom this month.

 

The Encore azaleas have been putting out a few blooms recently.


If it's autumn, then of course Esperanza "yellow bells" must be in bloom.


A pot of pansies on the patio table, just added for fall and winter color.



And I must have my red cyclamen, also for seasonal color.


The Cape honeysuckle has been in bloom for several weeks and shows no signs of letting up.


Another autumn "must-have" - petunias.


Duranta erecta blossoms with their beautiful attendant, a Tiger Swallowtail. These butterflies seem to particularly like these blossoms. I see them there frequently. 


Here's what those Duranta blooms become when they ripen - the yellow berries called "golden dewdrops" that give the plant its common name.


The gerbera daisies are still blooming, in orange...
 

...and in yellow.


The echinacea got its second wind and began blooming again, in purple...


...and in other colors.


The blooms of the yellow cestrum look almost orange in the autumn sun.


And the leaves of the Hamelia patens become almost as red-orange as its blossoms. 


The tropical milkweed is still offering its blossoms to passing butterflies.


No bloom here, just my little tiger doing a bit of goldfishing/watching. (No, he didn't catch anything.)
 

Firespike is at its best in the fall.


The buddleia is still in bloom although its blooms are smaller now.


And more buddleia.


The Turk's cap is really outdoing itself with fall blooms.



This white penta bloomed all summer and now well into the fall.


And so did this fuchsia-colored one, now joined by a bit of pink dianthus.
 

'Peaches and cream' lantana.


Purple trailing lantana.


Blue plumbago, of course.


Autumn sage doing its thing.


And the coral vine does its autumn thing as well. It, too, has been absolutely cover in these pink blossoms this fall.


My lady roses are putting on a fall show. Here's 'Belinda's Dream.'


With lots more of those big, squashy blooms to come.
  

And, of course, last but never least, the 'Lady of Shallott.' Her blooms, too, seem quite a bit more orange in the autumn sun than they were earlier in the year.

I hope you and your garden are flourishing. I look forward to visiting you soon. Thank you so much for visiting here. Happy Bloom Day.

And thank you to Carol of May Dreams Garden for hosting us once again.   

Comments

  1. I really need to find a spot for an Esperanza here. Duranta loves your climate more than mine - it don't get the volume of flowers or berries you have. The photo of the butterfly is fantastic. I enjoyed the photo of your cat too. My poor cat isn't allowed to roam my garden anymore, even under supervision - the hours the coyotes are active have become very unpredictable.

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    1. Our backyard is fenced so that makes it a bit safer for a cat to be outside. Although I have two inside cats that are never allowed out. The Duranta has really been magnificent this fall and has attracted a lot of butterfly attention.

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  2. what a treat, seeing those lovely colors in our gloomy, wet and windy outdoors... you must have a huge garden!

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    1. It's about half an acre, more than I can really manage anymore. I have to get the occasional help.

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  3. I just realized what a large garden you must have. The blooms just kept on coming - I think more than you've posted for several months? I know you will be a regular GBBD stop for my bloom-hungry Northern eyes in the dreary (for us) months to come.

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    1. November is a good month for blooms here. Summer bloomers are generally still going strong and the fall and winter bloomers are beginning to make themselves known. In fact, November is all around one of my favorite months. The weather is usually pleasant and it has my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving.

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  4. Beautiful flowers!
    Every Fall I say I am going to buy a cyclamen plant to have Winter blooms in the house, but I forget. Thanks for the reminder!

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    1. I love cyclamen. I actually grow mine outside because I have two plant-eating cats inside who would destroy them.

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  5. I love the esparanza and duranta. I'm betting those will not grow here. I think 'Lady of Shallot' is a deeper orange in the fall. The cooler temperatures probably contribute to that.

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  6. Beautiful blooms, I have never grown Echinacea the are stunning . It would be my pleasure if you participate in my Gardening link up party here at http://jaipurgardening.blogspot.com/2021/11/garden-affair-lycoris-lily.html

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    1. Echinacea does well here and it probably would for you in your climate also.

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  7. We had snow here yesterday, with more forecast for today, so gardening here is definitely done until spring! You garden in the meantime looks beautiful. It's just not fair!

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    1. I'm wondering if we might have a colder than usual winter since our fall has been cooler and more pleasant than usual. Most likely we won't have snow though. I'll leave that to you Canadians who know how to handle it!

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  8. What a beautiful garden you have. I've just started learning about blooming plants. We planted Monk's Cap and a half dozen other plants a few months ago. It's the first time I've had any blooming plants in my yard except for azaleas.

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  9. So many pretty flowers still in bloom for you - jealous. Your Tigger is adorable.

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  10. Oh, what a wonderful garden! A wander through it must be the best stress relief. I'm enchanted.

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    1. It is both stress-relieving and stressful because of course the first things that my eyes go to are the things that need to be done.

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  11. The pansies are just GEORGEOUS! Love them. I'm surprised how many flowers you still have in the garden. Over here all trees are letting go their leaves and everything is yellow, orange, red and brown; I love it!

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    1. I love pansies, too, as well as their little cousins, the violas. I have to have some every fall. Our leaves are mostly gone now. They don't really get much of the gorgeous fall colors. They just turn yellow-brown and drop.

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  12. Very pretty. You still have much in bloom despite the cooler fall temps. I like the yellow Esperanza flowers. Enjoy.

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    1. The garden does enjoy the respite from the blazing temperatures of summer.

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