This is what most of my garden looks like--a few spots of green here and there, like the lambs' ears, but mostly dried seedheads and fading foliage like the amsonia, all covered with a thick layer of leaves blown in by the wind. Even the grasses are losing their fall color.
Still, there are a few jewels to be found. The beautyberry may have lost all its leaves, but the purple berries remain for a bright accent in an otherwise mostly brown landscape. In case you're wondering about the strange foliage here, those are pieces of dried cornstalks blown in from the fields that have wrapped themselves around the plant.
The Knockout roses, especially the yellow 'Radsunny,' are still putting out some blooms, but even they look ready to give up for the winter.
One of the best parts of participating in GBBD is that it makes me hunt for something in bloom, especially during this time of year. If I hadn't been looking for something, anything at all blooming, I would have missed the few delicate alyssum plants finally blooming.
Another surprise as I walked around the garden beds was this solitary bloom on the daisy 'Becky.' Looking back at last year's November post, I realized that I actually have much more in bloom this year than last.
Not a bloom, this little seedling has me mystified. Does anyone recognize what it might be? I have several of these seedlings growing in the lily bed, and though I'm pretty sure they're not a weed, I have no idea what they are.
Most of the hydrangeas have already faded to shades of brown, but 'Let's Dance in the Moonlight' is the belle of the ball and still turning heads with its aging blooms of burgundy.
Nearby, the Itea 'Little Henry' is hanging on to its fall color.
As is the Spirea 'Magic Carpet.' The two spireas were afterthoughts planted last fall to fill in an empty spot among other shrubs. I didn't realize until now that they had such pretty fall color, so I'm really glad I chose them.
The last few weeks have been a real rollercoaster in terms of weather. We've had some days in the 70's and some mornings below freezing. The plants that remain must be totally confused. This geranium in the porch planter apparently isn't going to give up until the bitter end.
A few petunias are also bravely soldiering on.
Not surprisingly, the new Rudbeckia 'Prairie Sun' is still looking good in a container. I really need to plant this in the garden soon, though, because I definitely want to keep this one around.
The kale, however, will stay in its container for the winter, along with the pansies. Neither will survive our winter, but they're just too pretty to toss on the compost pile.
One last potted mum is still blooming away. Soon it will be time to put these fall decorations into the compost heap and bring out the Christmas decor.
There will be a scarcity of blooms the next few months here on the prairie, but on a positive note, I finally finished planting all my spring bulbs on Sunday. So, while my garden may be shades of brown and white for awhile, I'll have visions of colorful tulips and daffodils dancing in my head!
To see what's blooming today in other gardens all across the world be sure to visit the ever-entertaining Carol at May Dreams Gardens.