This fall season seems to be one of the longest I can remember, as though it started much earlier in a summer that never seemed to get all that hot and still lingers on through ever-shortening days that seem warmer than normal.
I expect I'll wake up one morning and winter will have just arrived with no warning. But that won't be for awhile, if you believe the ten day weather forecasts.
Outside in the garden, we have had a killing frost so there are just a few new blooms, like these errant little blue flowers on Vinca minor, which grows in a little patch on the side of the house. It isn't unusual to find these "spring" flowers after a warm stretch in the fall.
Nor is it that unusual to see old-fashioned Sweet Alyssum, Lobularia maritima, still blooming in a pot not yet emptied out.
This is a variety called 'Oriental Nights' from Botanical Interests Seeds. I sowed the seeds inside this past spring a few weeks before I planted them out in containers and thought they did much better than flats of Sweet Alyssum that I've purchased in the past. I'm planning to get seeds for several varieties this coming spring.
Out in the front garden, there are still a few mums hanging on, accompanied by some rather raggidy looking pansies I planted out in September and a few white roses on a carpet rose.With such mild weather this fall, I've been able to take my time and enjoy the process of fall clean up. I have just a few containers left on the back patio to clean out and some perennials I would like to cut back to discourage rampant self-sowing. And I hope to mow the lawn a few more times, the last time dropping the blade an inch or so to cut the grass shorter for winter.
Then I can turn more of my attention inside for the winter, where the "Thanksgiving Cactus", Schlumbergera sp., is in full bloom.
My records show that this particular Schlumbergera always blooms in November. I've had it for years, along with another one that blooms white around Christmas and a new passalong plant that is supposed to have orange blooms, but so far has no flower buds.
It's accompanied by the blooms of an African violet, Saintpaulia, a rescused Fuchsia, and the tiny pink blooms on Crown of Thorns, Euphorbia milii, which always has a bloom or two. I consider Crown of Thorns my "emergency flower", the one I can always point to when I quote Elizabeth Lawrence once again and say, "We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.”
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.
It's easy to participate! Just post about what's blooming in your garden, then leave a link to your post in the Mr. Linky widget below so we can find you and a comment to tell us a little about what we'll find in your November garden.
(Then if you haven't checked out the book giveaway, go to that post and check it out.)
All are welcome to participate!
"We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence