I really hadn’t planned to do a Bloom Day post this month, because I didn’t expect to have anything to share. For the last week or so, Mom and I have been taking advantage of the beautiful weather to work on garden cleanup, and there isn’t a whole lot of pretty left. But when I took a few minutes to walk around and look at the areas we hadn’t attacked yet, I found a few bits of flowers, foliage, and seedheads lingering long enough to make an appearance for the last Hayefield Bloom Day of 2010.
The most obvious flowers at the moment are on a cheery yellow passalong chrysanthemum. Thanks go for Frances of Fairegarden for sharing this amazingly late bloomer.
I don’t know if you’d call this bloom display on ‘Kumson’ forsythia (Forsythia viridissima var. koreana) amazingly late or exceptionally early. Either way, it’s not nearly as showy as the usual spring bloom, because the leaves are in the way now, but it’s still a nice treat.
Most of the interest around now is from foliage. Above is Blackbird euphorbia (Euphorbia ‘Nothowlee’) with Mellow Yellow spirea (Spiraea thunbergii ‘Ogon). Below is a ‘Neon Glow’ chard – one of the few clumps left not devoured by the voles.
Above is ‘Redbor’ kale in all of its glorious fall purpleness. And below (clockwise from top) is ghost bramble (Rubus thibetanus), Arkansas bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii), frosty creeping bramble (Rubus pentalobus), and Dakota Goldcharm spirea (Spiraea japonica ‘Mertyann’).
Golden lace (Patrinia scabiosifolia), above, is showing some superb foliage color right now. Below is bistort (Persicaria affine) with ‘Big Ears’ lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina).
Several geraniums are also looking good right now, including ‘New Hampshire Purple’ bloody cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum) above and G. wlassovianum below.
There’s also still foliage color on a few woodies, including ‘Washington Park’ witch hazel (Hamamelis vernalis) above and ‘Grace’ hybrid smokebush (Cotinus) below.
It was a delight to find some lingering allium seedheads, too. Above is one from Allium schubertii nestled into ‘Brookside’ geranium; below is one from ‘Mount Everest’.
And finally, a bit of northern sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) draped over some frosty ‘Little Gem’ cotoneaster (Cotoneaster adpressus; a.k.a. ‘Tom Thumb’).
Now, don’t forget to visit Carol’s Bloom Day post at May Dreams Gardens to find links to other November gardens all over the world. Thanks for visiting!