Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: November 2015

Today is Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

I woke up this morning and found a thin sheet of ice on the birdbath. Welcome to fall in my North Carolina garden. The frost was not severe enough, thankfully, to damage any flowers that are still hanging about, so I am able to join Carol in displaying a few of the plants that are still showing bits of color.

Many of the flowers in this post have been included in recent offerings, but these have survived the unusually wet weather and are providing the evidence that the full effect of fall is still a few days away. (Run your mouse over the photos for identification) Camellia ‘Our Linda’ and the Pink Muhly grass are in full bloom.

Hydrangea ‘Endless Summer’ still has a few blossoms and buds. I doubt if the buds will have a chance to open before Mr. Frost gets them in earnest. A surprise are a few blooms on the Carolina jessamin which normally shows its yellow color in spring. My Arranger has had great luck with the purple geranium pot on the front porch.

I have reported on the reblooming iris recently and, while the number of blooms hasn’t been great this fall, just to have any of these beauties now is a plus. The white and yellow ones are about to bloom so I included them in this post. They are not likely to be around in mid December for the next GBBD.

The balance of color now includes Clematis ‘Comptesse de Bouchard’ (the second time this year), pansies that are now going into our winter annual pots, a number of different Encore azaleas, annual climbing vine Mandevilla, and a new (in this garden) daisy ‘Freak’ ( I don’t know where the name came from but I like its form).

Please visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens to what she and others have blooming in their gardens this day.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and has been a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to seven of his eight grandchildren.
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21 Responses to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: November 2015

  1. Lea says:

    Beautiful!
    Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!
    Lea

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  2. bittster says:

    Looks great! My first thought on this was I need to consider moving South. The camellias alone would be worth it.

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  3. Pauline says:

    Lovely selection of flowers, they are so precious at this time of year.

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  4. Oh, you folks who can grow that Pink Muhly!! I’m so envious especially at this time of year.

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  5. Marge says:

    Yes- the Muhly grass is so lovely. I keep thinking I want to try it in some warm spot in our zone 5B garden just for the heck of it…..but I doubt it would make it. Thanks for sharing all the lovely photos for those of us here up north who have so many fewer flowers right now.

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  6. Cathy says:

    You still have some lovely flowers to enjoy even after a frost – the Clematis and Mandevilla are amazing to look so good in November!

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  7. Chloris says:

    Lovely, still so much to enjoy in your garden. What a gorgeous Camellia and I love your pink Muhly Grass. And a Mandevilla, I would love to be able to grow it.

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  8. FlowerAlley says:

    I dreamed last night, that I bought Pink Muly grass and also did a lot of rock moving and hole digging. No wonder I wake up tired. Now that it has frosted, I have a new set of chores to do in NC. Great post as usual John. Keep up the good work.

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  9. Christina says:

    Your Pink Muhly grass is wonderful, I have tried it here but it disappeared sadly. I love your Irises, mine still aren’t re-flowering and looking at them yesterday I don’t think they will this year. Is the frost early this year in N. Carolina

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