Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - November 2019

Welcome to Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day for November 2019.

Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, the garden is just emerging from a few inches of snow and a deep freeze that hit it and a good portion of the United States earlier this week.

It's Snovember! It's Novanuary! It's Novembruary!

We broke several weather records for coldest days in November set back in 1911. That's a long time for a record to stand and I'm in favor of the new records standing for just as long, which means they'll be broken in 2127, if my math is correct.

So, instead of gloating about how my snapdragons were looking perky so late in the season, I am offering a picture of them frozen in time, frozen in mid-bloom.  But I still got seven good months of bloom from them even if they did come to an abrupt end the other night.

And I am offering pictures of "winter interest" as captured in late fall.

Hydrangeas offer a good place for snow to settle on top of the faded blooms.
I never cut back hydrangeas until spring and you should do the same.

Joe-Pye weed seed heads are taunting me.
If I don't cut these back I will have lots of Joe Pye Weed coming up where I don't want it next year! Off with its seed heads as soon as it gets above freezing!

I had a few roses that froze in place.
They add a bit of color and remind us that, well, whatever. They remind us.

More snow on seed heads. This is Allium 'Millenium', which is supposed to be sterile, so I'm not concerned about cutting it back.
But maybe I will anyway?

And the last picture taken outside is of fall-blooming crocuses, which were supposed to have a starring role in this November bloom day post but also froze in mid-bloom.
It happens. That's the risk of blooming so late!

But all is not forsaken and bloom free here at May Dreams Gardens.

Indoors, my Euphorbia milii, also known as Crown of Thorns, is blooming.
It is always blooming. Every single day, all year round. Without fail.

And just in time, the Thanksgiving Cactus are showing some nice fat buds.
All this reminds me that I need to get on with potting up Amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs to have more blooms for the upcoming holidays.  Dee and I talked about Amaryllis bulbs, including the new waxed bulbs, on our most recent podcast episode. Listen to The Gardenangelists to find out more, but I must warn you that listening to us talk about Amaryllis may cause you to go buy some. But that's a good thing!

What's blooming in your garden in mid-November? Join us for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and show us! We'd love to have you join in.

It's easy to participate. Just post on your blog about what's blooming in your garden and then come back here and leave a link in the Mr. Linky widget and a comment to let us know what you have to show us.  Or, if you don't have a blog, but have an awesome Instagram feed, leave a link to that if you are featuring blooms on it.

And remember...

We can have flowers nearly every month of the year. ~ Elizabeth Lawrence

Oh, and I almost forgot! Tomorrow, November 16th, is the one year anniversary of publishing The Christmas Cottontail. To mark the occasion, I'm offering free shipping (U.S. Residents only) on any of my books if you order them directly from me. The code is BIRTHDAY. Start here to see all four of my books. They make great gifts.


  1. Happy Bloom Day Carol, or should I say happy winter?! These freezing temperatures and snow are just crazy at this time of year! We had our first frost just a few days ago and the precipitation was coming down during the daytime as a mixture of ice and snow. It’s just too early for this! We do still have some signs of fall color here on Long Island, despite the temperatures, but probably for not too much longer. It’s time to put hose few remaining blooms to bed, enjoy those indoor gardens and dream of spring!

  2. You are brave for going out and taking closeups of your flowers - I thought of it, too, but I didn't want to expose myself to the cold a minute longer than I had to. Happy Snowvember!

  3. No Flowers here in Massachusetts in November, but I am happy with color. Happy Bloom Day - with or without actual blooms.

  4. While fall is not my favorite, I do love using my fall foliage and dried flowers to decorate for the holiday season! Lovely to see all the images posted.

  5. Hi Carol
    It looks like it's been even colder for you than what we have seen so far this year. I wonder if you can grow Fall Camellias in your location. They are often a nice flower surprise for me this time of year.

  6. Yikes, brrrr. You're a tough gardener. I'm a wimp. Already I'm yearning for summer.

  7. I'm sorry your garden had the curtain pulled abruptly like that! Enjoy your indoor blooms and, as always, thanks for hosting GBBD.

  8. Hi Carol, Thanks for hosting GBBD. I am sorry to see your blooms disrupted by the snow. Some of mine are being ruined by high temperatures and windy conditions. Enjoy your indoor plants, perhaps you can add a few more to your collection.

  9. Happy Bloomday Carol, and as always , thanks for being our hostess.

  10. A few passing flurries here in DC - no real snow yet though. Everything is basically boring brown at this point - already counting the days until next spring!

  11. Our winters are quite mild with blooms throughout the season..its practically difficult to imagine how it would be in severe winters with snow everywhere and no signs of Flora

  12. It's snowvember here in Maine, too -- but my garden had already been forced into dormancy by deep freezes before the snow fell. Brrr.

  13. Nothing left in bloom over here! But even though I miss my garden, I enjoy the winter rest.


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