Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra
We’re more than a month past our first frost date here in southeastern PA, and indeed, we’ve already had several frosts, as well as one night down to 23 degrees F. The garden as a whole looks pretty dismal, but there are still some scattered blooms, so closeups are the way to go for this last Bloom Day of autumn.
Trust the Knock Out roses to still be blooming, no matter what. Above is ‘Radcor’ (Rainbow Knock Out); below is a bud of that wonderful workhorse ‘Radrazz’ (Knock Out).
The miniature ‘WEOpop’ (Gourmet Popcorn) really needs to be moved to a sunnier spot next year, but for now, it’s still popping with a few new blooms.
Common witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is just getting started.
Seven-son flower (Heptacodium miconioides), on the other hand, is well past bloom, but its colorful calyces are doing an admirable job impersonating for-real flowers. (Or should that be “imflorinating”? Hmmm.)
It’s not a surprise to see a few violas here and there…
…as well as some lingering blooms on aromatic aster (Symphiotrichum oblongifolium)…
…some not-at-all-orangey ‘Terra Cotta’ yarrow (Achillea)…
…and good old ‘Sheffield Pink’ chrysanthemum.
But I got a little tired of shooting closeups against scrappy-looking leaves. When I saw this lavender that had gracefully draped itself against the prettier background of an orangey diabase stepping stone…
…I decided it would be fun to pair some flowers with the foliage they should have, such as Rosa ‘NOA83100B’ (oh, heavens, let’s just call it Flower Carpet Scarlet) with parsley:
‘Saucy Seduction’ yarrow (Achillea) with some orangey heuchera (‘Peach Melba’, I think’):
Knautia macedonica with Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’:
White heath aster (Symphiotrichum ericoides var. ericoides) with purple moor grass (Molinia careulea):
A pretty yellow passalong mum that Frances of Fairegarden shared with me last year, against ‘Chocolate Chip’ ajuga:
A ragged bit of monkshood (Aconitum carmichaelii) with ‘Little Honey’ hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia):
Leavenworth’s eryngo (Eryngium leavenworthii) against ‘Swift Creek’ privet (Ligustrum):
‘Isla Gold’ tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) with dwarf fleeceflower (Persicaria affinis):
Oooh, I do like that one. But I think my top favorite is this one, ‘Imagination’ verbena with ‘Redbor’ kale:
What a fun way to celebrate two years of Bloom Days! Looking back at my very first GBBD post on November 15, 2007, I see that I have lots more flowers to share this year. Last year’s November post didn’t have any blooms, but the garden as a whole sure looked a lot nicer.