Determination and resolution – a Connecticut Garden in November

November is at the half-point – the time when garden bloggers share what they find blooming in their gardens through the meme, Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, run by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. After a cup of warm morning coffee I took a stroll in my Connecticut gardens to see what my camera could catch.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I’m perennially in awe at the plants determined to bloom, even after cold has settled over their beds. The biggest surprise was one particularly determined impatiens that somehow found a spot to self-sow along the foundation of my house where it remained hidden until much larger hosta plants succumbed to autumn’s chill. Then the determined heat-lover sent out a flower in one defiant last stand, as if battling for attention next to another volunteer – a foxglove that will find a new home next spring.

Alpine strawberries and salvia are equally determined to continue their bloom, but this is not as much a surprise considering their greater tolerance for cold temperatures.


Then I found this Black-eyed Susan hiding under the protective cover of a large buddleia still waiting for its autumn trim.


Still, most of the plants gracing my gardens seem resigned to the season. Coneflowers long ago went to seed while miscanthus puts on its feathery fall show.


Ilex, covered in berries before birds stopped by for a meal, now hold onto only the well hidden berries. Thankfully, winterberry still shines brightly along the front walkway.



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA It’s easy to overlook blossoms when beech trees steal the show, but November’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day encourages one to go sleuthing for hidden treasures.

Head over to May Dreams Gardens to witness a bouquet of blooms from others’ gardens.

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7 comments for “Determination and resolution – a Connecticut Garden in November

  1. November 15, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    The winterberry is stunning… I’ve always wanted to plant some and have never done it… you’ve inspired me to once again search them out and make an acquisition! Do you know the cultivar on yours? L

  2. joenesgarden
    November 15, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Thank you, Larry. My winterberry is Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Red.’ I have two planted, one on each end of a border along the driveway. I keep one pruned to about 5 ft tall. It is in relatively moist soil and, as you can see, it blooms profusely. The other one, just 6 feet away, does not bloom as well. I haven’t figured whether this is due to soil moisture or the fact that deer keep this one pruned somewhat smaller.

    BTW, I’m jealous of your ornamental cabbage. Cabbage moths ate all of mine this year.

  3. November 15, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Great post….gotta love how determined some plants are to grow!

  4. fer
    November 17, 2010 at 8:28 am

    So many beautiful blooms. I didn’t know that salvia was so resistant to cold, too bad i lost mine this summer.

  5. joenesgarden
    November 17, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Scott, your GBBD photos show a lot of determined plants. Thanks for visiting.

  6. joenesgarden
    November 17, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Sometimes mature salvia will survive my zone 6a winters and grow the next season, Fer. These plants are most likely to bloom later than fresh transplants, but that’s fine with me.

  7. November 19, 2010 at 1:23 am

    No determination and resolution here. More like despair and resignation. My next garden will have more trees that shine in autumn. Love the winterberry shrub, maybe I can convince one to survive up here….

    Christine in Alaska, winter blues in effect

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