Garden Bloggers Blooms Day: Down-and-Outs

GBBD.Nov14.1I know from November and December posts over the last couple of years that there will  always be something in bloom in the garden although not necessarily looking pristine, like these cosmos, zinnia and tithonia, all of which could perhaps be cut down now, although I hope to collect some seeds from the cosmos before they hit the compost heap. One cosmos head has just started to open up to expose seeds so I now know what to look for, although I have no idea whether it is too late to expect further seed production.

Less trampish are some of the roses, although not large in number. Top left is patio rose Queen Mother, who has surprisingly been at her best late in the season, and continuing clockwise are Pink Perpetué, Munstead Wood and Danse de Feu:

GBBD.Nov14.2Reliably flowering for ridiculously long periods of time are some of the astrantia, here Bloody Mary and Buckland, and I really must get more of them:

GBBD.Nov14.4There has been an occasional sighting of the odd primrose flower or two in the woodland, and I noted flowers on one of the pink potted ones that the birds love so much:

GBBD.Nov14.5More pristine are these individual beauties (clockwise from top left) – a new flower on Echinops ‘Arctic Glow’, discovered when dead top growth was removed, a flower of Fuchsia ‘Deep purple breaking out of its fat bud, a single spike of Liriope muscari ‘Monroe White’ and one Geranium sanguineum under the clematis colonnade:

GBBD.Nov14.3Although Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ and those baskets of petunias shown yesterday are still clinging on, there are now other goodies to look forward to, like the newly planted winter pansies, ‘Cool Wave Frost’:

GBBD.Nov14.6Not surprisingly, frequent inspections are also made for the first flowers on our winter favourites, with buds visible on Helleborus niger, Sarcococca humilis and Lonicera fragrantissima, as well as those tiny specks of colour on the witch hazels. Let’s face it, though, whether pristine or not every bloom is a delight to see at this time of year, and these ‘out of season’ Garden Bloggers Blooms Days, a meme kindly hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens, encourage us to seek out blooms we might otherwise miss, like these lovely Fatsia japonica flowers which are way above my eye level. Do follow the link to Carol’s blog and see what blooms other gardeners have found in their gardens in the middle of November.



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29 Responses to Garden Bloggers Blooms Day: Down-and-Outs

  1. It is cold and miserable out this morning…A little touch of summer is a very welcome sight.

  2. Chloris says:

    Lots of summer blooms in your November garden Cathy. I love the deep red Of Rosa Munstead Wood. I noticed this afternoon that I have blooms on Lonicera Fragrantissima too. Are they always as early as this do you think?

    • Cathy says:

      That bloom on Munstead Wood was pristine a day or two ago but the rain put paid to her perfection – she is lovely, isn’t she? It is still only buds on my lonicera but I checked back and it was mid Dec last year when it was budding up, so yes, seems to be early.

  3. sally says:

    Your garden has a lot of life left! Your roses are wonderful as are your Cosmos….Clematis is one of my favorites…..I didn’t realize there were late season Clematis…..need to do my research! For winter interest and to feed the critters, I leave a lot of dead plants standing.

    • Cathy says:

      Hi Sally – some things stand better than others though, don’t they? The echinops had dropped their seeds, other than a couple of heads I kept for possible use in a vase over the winter

  4. We’ve had our freeze in upstate New York so I enjoyed your flowers still blooming. I especially enjoyed the primrose – I love them and they do well where I live.

  5. rusty duck says:

    Definitely not down and out. Isn’t it wonderful to still have roses blooming? They might continue into December at this rate.
    I did have a Helleborus niger. But a sheep trampled it. 😦

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, even just the odd flower throughout the winter is rewarding and makes it all worthwhile. Read your post now, Jessica – and you certainly need to use that sheep poo to rejuvenate your hellebore, rough justice and all that. Roast lamb for Christmas too 🙂

  6. jenhumm116 says:

    Lots of lovely blooms!
    Well done for your astrantias, mine are long gone. What’s the secret?

  7. Nell Jean says:

    Yours is one of the more optimistic posts I’ve read today. Happy Bloom Day.

  8. Kris P says:

    The only overlap between our gardens is the Geranium sanguineum. I’m amazed to see that you can still find stray blooms of cosmos and fuchsia too. As for the Astantia – all I can say is that I’m very, very envious. Happy GBBD Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      Hi Kris – I cut spent stems of A Buckland down earlier in the year, and it usually rewards me with fresh new blooms. The cosmos has only just begun to look tired – my first successful season with it, so I am well-chuffed. Oh, and it was just ONE G sanguineum.. 🙂

  9. rickii says:

    We have to be on out toes to come up with a few fading beauties about now. You’re way ahead of me.

  10. AnnetteM says:

    I am not sure if there is anything out in my garden as I am not there just now, but it was lovely to see what is out in yours. I was down in London last weekend and the Fatsia Japonica flowers were everywhere, looking beautiful. I don’t think my rescued shrub has ever flowered – I wonder if I will be in for a nice surprise this year.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Annette – it still surprises me how long things flower for. Our fatsia was one of the few plants that were in the garden when we came, but I must have moved it about 3 times in the early days and once more when we dismantled and sold the old greenhouse, by which time it was rather on the large side. I can’t remember when it first flowered, but they always take me by surprise too 🙂

  11. Pauline says:

    What an amazing selection you have Cathy, I’ve never seen a white Liriope before, it’s lovely. I think any flowers at this time of year are a bonus, we have to enjoy then while we can.Your roses are looking especially good, I wonder how long they will continue, as long as the mild spell probably. I do wish it would stop raining, it was torrential yesterday evening, the roads turned into rivers again and I was so glad to get safely home once more.

    • Cathy says:

      The purpley-blue liriope is more common, I think, but both look great in a clump – not that mine is a clump yet! I did not realise till I read the Nov GW magazine how relatively wet it can be in the SW – the second wettest region of England in an average Nov. A report in today’s Sunday Times is suggesting a very wet winter, I am afraid…. Sorry you are facing all this at the moment – do keep safe.

  12. CathyT says:

    Loved the astrantias and the primroses, Cathy. And great to see roses that haven’t been beaten to a pulp by the rain!

    • Cathy says:

      We have had damp days Cathy, but not torrential like some parts of the UK. We live in a village about 2 mile outside a small town and it can be raining there but not here – we are up a small hill, which may account for some of the difference, certainly rain from the west. I have realised this year though how much multi petalled roses can be affected by the rain

  13. Anna says:

    I remember admiring your late flowering astrantias last year Cathy. I have come to the conclusion that I must make more effort to cut them back after their initial summer flowering – please give me a nudge next summer 🙂

  14. bittster says:

    Great to have so many nice bits of color throughout the garden, the roses are particularly nice. I’m always surprised by how nicely they open indoors, and it’s a nice flashback to summer when a few are sitting on the table!

  15. Christina says:

    Not a bad collection of blooms for November Cathy; your roses are looking in good condition. I wish Astrantia would grow for me, I’ve tried but just no luck.

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