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