Friday, November 16, 2012

Frosty November Bloom Day

I know I'm a day late for the monthly meeting of Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, but it doesn't matter too much because there's nothing blooming here in November.


That is, unless you count a couple of brave 'October Skies' aster blooms reaching for the November sun.


Or a late goldenrod blooming behind the shelter of the fuel tanks.


Or the last garden mum still hanging on to a few blooms.


The purple kale still standing in the vegetable garden explains the lack of blooms--early mornings for the past week or two have been quite cold with everything covered in frost.  The kale will rebound, as will the pansies in containers, but the frost has brought an end to everything else in the garden for the year.


Instead of rose blooms, now there are rose hips.


The amsonia has already passed its fall golden stage and is beginning to put on its winter whites.

Grasses, too, have turned white, but still glow in the early morning sun.


Most of the leaves have fallen from the trees, but some colorful foliage remains,
 like the leaves of Itea 'Little Henry.'


The most colorful foliage of all, though, is this spirea (name forgotten at the moment).  I bought two spirea a few years ago primarily for their spring blooms; the fall color has been a happy surprise.


Little else remains, however; even the beautyberry has lost its leaves, with only some berries left to tempt the birds.  It's clear the time has come for the garden's long winter's sleep.


To see what else may be blooming (or not), be sure to visit our hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

28 comments:

Laurrie said...

I have also been surprised by spirea's beautiful fall color, and it seems to be true of all the many varieties. I only grow 'Ogon', but it has late color that is rich and golden and orange. You've got a pretty (unnamed) one in your garden. And lots of frosty things in your garden right now too!

tina said...

You still have lots in bloom. Amazing considering just how cold it is up there. Love all the colors in your garden and especially with the frost on them. Have a great weekend!

Northern Shade said...

The frost crystals on your rose leaves are quite pretty. The grasses add a lot of texture, and I can practically see them swaying in that photo. What a bonus from your spirea, to have spring flowers and colourful autumn foliage.

Northern Shade said...

The frost crystals on your rose leaves are quite pretty. The grasses add a lot of texture, and I can practically see them swaying in that photo. What a bonus from your spirea, to have spring flowers and colourful autumn foliage.

marijke said...

Eventhough I love to see the garden in color of the flowers the frost bring also beauty.
Have a wonderful weekend Rose

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Yes, our gardens look a lot alike with all that frost. It is a sleepy time for our gardens. Time to dream.

Cassi Renee said...

Your garden is still beautiful, especially through your camera!

Carol said...

You and I share a lot in common in our gardens. I have some 'Magic Carpet' spirea in front that are a magnificent dark red right now. A nice look for fall!

Thanks for joining in for GBBD.

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Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Rose, this is a sad time of year for gardeners. Watching everything die back and looking toward a long winter. Love the shot of the beauty berries.

Laughed at your previous post about the faerie landscape. I've been collecting photos of other people's fairie gardens and thinking about doing one of my own. Maybe someone should whisper to SW to be careful. Faireis hold grudges for a long time.

sweetbay said...

Your spirea has marvelous color -- I think fall is the best season for many spireas.

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Love your frosty kale and frosty beautyberry photos, very nice. How fun to find a goldenrod still in bloom. I found one, hiding in the woods...all the others are fluffy seed heads.
Spirea fall colors are great!!

Maggie May said...

The frost has enhanced some of those photos...... the berries and the kale look very beautiful.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

PlantPostings said...

Oh my goodness--your garden is beautiful with all the frost! I've been lazy about getting out early enough to see it. ;-) I just love Goldenrod! It got such a bad reputation for so long, and actually very few people are allergic to it. And your Spirea--lovely!

gardenwalkgardentalk.com said...

I still have goldenrod in bud and it has gone through quite a few frosts. I wonder if they will open? The mums finally opened and hopefully I get a show from them. The weather this year has been way off in bloom times. I really like your frosty images. I have been waiting for that hoarfrost here.

Suburbia said...

Those frosty blooms, or should I say berries, are beautiful.

Only 1 frost here so far, looks beautiful but I hate driving on slippy roads.

Wendy said...

I agree - your photos are lovely with frost actually enhancing, rather than spoiling them.

Most gardens here are done, but bright red berries still adorn bushes and take away some of the barrenness.

Jennifer said...

Hi Rose, How odd that, though we are north of you, things are warmer here. This afternoon was lovely and mild. My roses are not blooming, but they all retain their foliage. I think cooler temperatures are coming on the weekend so I guess I should be happy for the warm weather while it lasts.

Marguerite said...

Despite not having the big blooms of summer your garden still looks lovely. Lots of interest and colour there yet.

Rosey said...

At the beginning of the Breaking Dawn movie there are several shots of plants and flowers freezing and it is pretty amazing and your post reminded me of that. I know it's a teen movie but I just took my daughters to it and the cinematography was amazing.
Happy THanksgiving!

ShySongbird said...

There may not be a lot actually flowering Rose but it is clear there is still lots of interest in your garden and plenty of colour and texture. The frost itself lends a charm too as your photos show beautifully. Lovely photo of the grasses glowing in the early morning sunshine.

I was telling a UK blogland friend yesterday that the penny has only recently dropped that the lovely Callicarpa bush that I have often admired on his blog is the same as the Beauty Bush which my American blogland friend has :-) He always has lots of birds visiting his for the berries.

Hope you and yours are having/had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Commonweeder said...

I had nothing to report on GBBD - and less than that now, but I love visiting all my friends to see what is doing in frosty - and non-frosty gardens.

Rose said...

Thanks, all, for visiting. I have too busy this past week to reply to comments this time--my daughter and son-in-law were here for the week, which was wonderful. Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm glad you all enjoyed the spirea--and to think, these shrubs were an afterthought when I realized I had more space than planned.

PatricK said...

Well there might not be many blooms but you have a lot of fall interest including the really nice grass image and frosted berry one. Didn't miss the blooms for the forest, so to speak.

Sarah Laurence said...

The frost and muted autumnal colors are beautiful in their own way. A late Happy GBBD and Thanksgiving to you!

Jean said...

Brr, those photos give me the chills! Still, they're very beautiful. You indeed have some nice looking blooms for Bloom Day Rose!

Dj Josh said...

Glorious exotica of winters..! Loved all the exotic flowers pictured here..!

Liz said...

You've reminded me: my goldenrod - that I think I bought after seeing yours - didn't flower this year. Didn't appear at all. Hey ho, another death at my hands!