Not in a Vase: Other November Blooms

Nov15.rosesAs well as yesterday’s pink plethora of blooms, there are a number of other delights still blooming in the garden in this unseasonably mild mid November, although not in any great quantity.

It seems odd to think that a little over ten years ago there were no roses in the garden apart from the Rambling Rector which we inherited – thank goodness I realised the potential of them! The rector only flowers for a month or so in the middle of the year, and the rugosa and dog roses are long since over, but there are a small number of attractive blooms on the roses above (left to right, top to bottom): Blush Noisette, Queen Mother, Pink Perpetué, Zépherine Drouhin, Magic Carpet, Sweet Dreams, Snow Goose, The Poet’s Wife and Rural England. There is no guarantee that remaining buds will open, but I will enjoy them while I can.

Likewise there are still buds on some dahlias, but currently no blooms. The few chrysanthemums shown below are trying but failing to emulate their success, being spindly, lopsided and top heavy characters: John Riley, Orange Allouise and Sheer Purple…

Nov15.chrysanthsThe most prolific bloomer has got to be Salvia ‘Amistad’ which shows no sign of stopping. Joining it below are three other blues: an unnamed sweet pea, Clary ‘Oxford Blue’ and Campanula portenschlagiana

Nov15.bluesThere are sporadic blooms of various geraniums around the place, but definite splashes of colour from Rudbeckia ‘Rustic Dwarf’ and self seeded nasturtiums, as well as the so easy to grow and floriferous Malva ‘Mystic Merlin’ and the whitish green Amaranthus ‘Green Cascade’…

Nov15.othersThe first sight of a snowdrop, Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ in full flower, specks of white appearing on sarcococca and winter flowering honeysuckles and the tiniest hint of colour on some witch hazels suggests that winter is on its way, but November blooms in the garden don’t seem to think so! Thanks go to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers Blooms Day – do visit her blog to find links to many other November gardens around the world.

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12 Responses to Not in a Vase: Other November Blooms

  1. Christina says:

    A very good collection of blooms for bloom day Cathy. My Dahlias have flowered themselves out too, although I think they might have done better if I’d fed them. I think the jury is still out regarding the Chrysanthemums except the lime green one that I love. You must have just the right conditions for the roses, yours always look in great condition.

  2. Pauline says:

    So many lovely blooms and so colourful! Flowers this time of year are so precious as they won’t last very long with the cold spell that is on it’s way.

  3. My goodness you have loads of blooms still going on…I have but a few hanging on now….love to see all the roses that are happy in your garden Cathy!

  4. johnvic8 says:

    A beautiful lot of blooms still in your garden. Thanks for sharing…it is most cheerful.

  5. A good reminder that there is such much that is blooming and gorgeous in November; I have roses and azaleas still blooming.

  6. Wonderful contrast between Magic Carpet and ophiopogon nigrescens! I guess the rose must be a spreader.

  7. Chloris says:

    Lots of gorgeous blooms and so many roses. I wonder how they are looking now that Abigail and Barney have mangled everything. Two storms in one week seems a bit much for us and our gardens to cope with.

  8. Annette says:

    Fab collection of flowers, Cathy, it has been so mild too. The campanula looks like fairies having a rest on a mossy cushion…or is it my imagination running wild?!

  9. rickii says:

    Temps dropped to 27 this morning so I guess the extended bloom time has ended here. You’re still enjoying a splendid array.

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