Thursday, November 6, 2008

November Blooms

Two geraniums (ok, pelargoniums,) left outside - this pink and a peach. The clock is ticking. . . still deciding. I overwintered them in the basement greenhouse last year. Should I or shouldn't I bring them in?
Rozanne has bloomed since I brought her home this spring to replace the ones I killed trying to divide them last year. I killed two of them, so I this spring I bought four. I know she can be successfully divided, but I'm not taking any chances. I'll either figure out another way to propagate them, or I'll just buy more if I want them.

The calamint still has a few blooms left. Even with not much sun it's bloomed all summer. There were two of them last year, but one didn't make through the winter. I hope this one lives to bloom again.

Two Susans are all that are left, with lots of seed heads for the critters still.

I'm not at all sure this pretty oxalis will survive the winter. Fingers are crossed.

Frost got the bugbane before it bloomed last year. If not for the late frost this year the buds would never have opened. I thought about cutting them and bringing them in one evening when predicted frost didn't materialize here. I may do that still, but I'm glad I took a chance and got to see it bloom in the garden.

A closer look at the bugbane blooms.


I'm sure all these blooms will be toast by bloom day. We are definitely on borrowed time with our glorious November summer, so I seized the moment and captured them while I still can.

12 comments:

  1. Linda,

    I just planted a bugbane and hope I get to see the lovely bloom you've shown us! I have mixed feelings about the late frosts or rather no frosts in our gardens this time of year. It's hard not to be excited to have extended bloom, but does it mean....we really are seeing zone changes every where? I keep hoping it's aberrant and not the new normal.

    But in the meantime...your blooming plants are wonderful!

    Gail

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  2. Lots of blooms still in your garden. I also have brown eyes and can't get over their longevity this year.

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  3. You've still got lots of lovely color in your garden -- things here are looking pretty bare and brown. :)

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  4. Is Rozanne a geranium? I couldn't tell. Oh, I love the bugbane. What a name for such a beautiful specimen!
    Brenda

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  5. Hi Gail, this seems to be a very late blooming one.

    I've worried the same thing about the weather. After last year's winter though. . . !

    We have had a few warm early Novembers, but it's not common. The weatherman said we had similar weather 31, and 25 years ago.

    Hi Tina, I've been enjoying the great weather, and the blooms! It's windy and raining this afternoon, and the Susans have gotten beaten up.

    Hi Nancy, bare and brown are coming here fast now. The wind has brought down so many leaves, and cold weather is around the corner, starting tomorrow probably.

    Hi Brenda, yep, Rozanne's a geranium - blooms from May to frost! I love it. It's a/k/a cimicifuga, but I like bugbane better!

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  6. Ooh, the oxalis is really cute. I love how the leaves close up in shade. May I be so bold as to inquire about your bugbane's genus and species? I have a sweet Cimicifuga racemosa, but it blooms way earlier in the season and its flowers are "airier." Thanks!
    ~Monica

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  7. Hi Monica, it's 'White Pearl,' and supposedly blooms in September/October. This is only its second year. Maybe as it matures it will bloom earlier. I was just reading that its botanical name has changed and its now Actaea matsumurae 'White Pearl,' though its often still sold under the old botanical name. The tag that came with it says its Cimicifuga simplex 'White Pearl.' I like bugbane better, and it's certainly easier to spell.

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  8. Wow! I've never seen bugbane in bloom--they are stunning. Like you, Linda, I am already wondering what in the world I might be able to show for the next Bloom Day post. You were wise to "seize the moment":)

    At the last minute today I decided to bring in a few geraniums; they were just too beautiful to let them be killed by the frost. Now if I can only remember to water them occasionally.
    Thanks for the tip on the Rozanne; I bought my first one this year, and it's done very well. But I'll remember not to try to divide it.

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  9. Hi Rose, I found a third geranium - such a conundrum - should I or shouldn't I bring them in? I think I should!

    Mr. McGregor's daughter had no problem dividing her Rozanne geraniums, so I know it can be done. I'm too chicken to try it again though! I'm going to try something else to propagate them - if it works I'll do a post on it.

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  10. I can't believe how late your Bugbane blooms! Mine has been done for about a month. My Rozannes keep plugging away too. They really are something. Too bad Bloom Day isn't the 1st of the month. I had in bloom a couple of Campanulas, a Heuchera, another Geranium, a Phlox, a Tricyrtis & a Lobelia. I bet the only thing that will still be in bloom on the 15th will be the Lamium.

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  11. I say save the geranium....a plant saved is one less to buy next spring. :-)

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  12. Those are some beautiful pictures.

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