Act III, Scene 3 in my garden. The play is nearly over for this season. The flowers, who are the actors in this drama of seasons, are just barely hanging on, waiting for the final curtain to fall.
They have switched from the bright colors of Act II, Summer, to the muted, faded colors of Act III, Fall.
They barely whisper their lines now, standing off to the side so that briefly, the brightly colored fall foliage can shout from center stage, before it, too, performs a final scene, falling down on stage, to be swept off by a gust of winter winds, marking the beginning of Act IV and the end of the play.
In other words, there is not much to show in my November garden. The only plant I could honestly say is actually still blooming is the Aromatic Aster, Symphyotrichum oblongifolium ‘October Skies’.
Even the rose pictured above, Rosa ‘Radsunny’, isn’t really blooming right now. It is more frozen in time and will wait in that state for the winter snows to finally knock it down.
Everything else is merely seed heads including the Tall Sedum, Hylotelephium telephium.
I still laugh when I think of one of the common names of this plant – Witch's Moneybags. I look at the flowers and can not imagine where that name came from.
Another plant that I will leave the seed heads on this winter is Short’s Goldenrod, Solidago shortii.
I have no idea if this seed will be viable, but I hope that it is and that the plants produces dozens of seedlings, which I will gladly share with anyone who wants to grow this beautiful, rare goldenrod in their garden.
It is wise to never reach an ending without a new beginning. Thus it is fitting that as I wandered the garden in search of the last blooms before the final curtain call of the season, I found these sprouts of what will surely be some of the first blooms next spring, when we begin again with Act I, "Spring, A New Season".
What's blooming in your garden on this fine November day? I hope you'll join in for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day by posting about what's blooming in your garden on the 15th of the month.
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"We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence