Sunday, November 14, 2010

November Bloom Day

While we still have a few late bloomers in the garden, this is my favorite bloom this month. I haven't had an African violet since I was a kid. This one was picked up at the grocery store a few months ago. This is the first time it's rebloomed. Looking at it makes me feel nostalgic, reminding me of being a little girl, doing my first plant propagation experiments with African violet leaves, spider plant babies, and purple passion cuttings.

In the garden, mums are still looking pretty good.

Although we had our first hard frost of the season earlier this month, Rozanne geraniums haven't quite called it quits yet.

Also blooming in our mid-November garden are asters, calamint, hardy cyclamen, and a late-blooming cimicifuga. We even have a hosta and a foxglove (Digitalis grandiflora) that decided to rebloom this month. Both are much less showy than their first blooms, but they're blooming nonetheless.

It's not a bloom, but the Bradford pear has been especially gorgeous this fall. (The burning bush hedge has been particularly beautiful too.)

Chicago's warm, sunny fall is yielding to November's typical cloudiness and chill. I used to hate this time of year. Something's changed in me though in recent years, and I now welcome it, and winter too. Life is beautiful in all its seasons.

Happy November Bloom Day. For more Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day posts, please visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

16 comments:

  1. That'a a gorgeous AV! A dash of white makes a big difference. GG, that blue geranium is a pretty thing also.

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  2. Your garden still looks very much alive. I agree about the pear trees, prettier than ever!

    Eileen

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  3. Funny that you mention how you've come to appreciate fall ... I was just thinking the same thing over the weekend. There's something comforting about watching the garden wind down and prepare itself for winter.

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  4. That Pear tree is just fabulous ... well worth a share! You still have some lovely flowers in your garden ... the Roxanne if gorgeous ... but that AV is just so sweet!

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  5. Linda, Yes, we can't hate our days away! That's an important lesson! Darn those Bradford Pears and Burning Bush for being so lovely each fall~Makes it hard to resent their aggressive manner (well they are thugs in zone 7). Have a sweet day~gail

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  6. Your lovely African violet brings back memories for me, too, Linda. I don't have many houseplants anymore, but back in the 80's that was the only "gardening" I did. Spider plants and purple passion plant were two of my favorites, too.

    Gorgeous pear tree and burning bush! I, too, have learned to appreciate the changing seasons so much more as I've gotten older, although I still have my doubts about February:)

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  7. Spectacular color, Linda. Love that about Fall but that's about it. Still can't bring myself to love the approaching winter. Guess that comes from my Southern upbringing.

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  8. What a beautiful Bloom Day in your garden! And I love that sweet little African violet. I used to grow them but fell out of the habit a few years ago. I might just have to start again.

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  9. Your Bradford pear is gorgeous. My Red Spire is going golden, although it started red.

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  10. Funnily I just bought an African Violet, I havent had one in years

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  11. Linda girl you have some beautiful bloomers going on !
    I love that Bradford Pear and the Burning Bush hedge especially .. I am an Autumn colours gal .. but .. I have to say African Violets are gorgeous too .. I just can't seem to get them to bloom again ! ;-)
    Joy
    PS .. You have the magic touch girl !

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  12. I agree. The color of that African Violet is just stunning!!

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  13. I always struggle to grow African violets! Yours looks so nice!

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  14. This makes me want to pick up an African violet of my own. The blue on that geranium is lovely, and the pear and hedge are stunning! Wouldn't mind a little more fall color like that here.

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  15. Hey there! I just noticed another garden girl! Your fall color is beautiful, we don't get much of it down here. Have a great fall!

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  16. Love the pear tree foliage color!!!

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