I've been appreciating the blog posts of some fellow gardeners who participate in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day for awhile and finally decided that it was time to join their gracious circle. November is kind of a weird time to start of course, but this month is the time when there's finally a breather from the work of cleaning up the garden for fall, hauling in the pots, and tucking away all the tender annuals I overwinter. So, I wandered out into the fall garden during the little warm spell we had here in Central New York a week ago to see what beautiful treats were still out there. We've only had two hard frosts so far, so there are still some lovely things left to see if you look closely enough. Our Euonymus bushes, planted by the previous homeowners in the partial shade of the backyard, still manage to put on a good fall show.
This Lamium was almost covered by the leaves from the neighbor's trees, but still looking perky and happy- this stuff is so dependable even in the wet clay of our shady backyard.
There were still a few other shrubs besides the Euonymus holding on their leaves on the warm day when I took these photos. I really like the Buckthorn's (Rhamnus frangula0 strappy yellow fall leaves- my husband keeps threatening to cut down the pair of them so he doesn't have to mow around them anymore. The Japanese Beetles LOVE them. I kind of like the fact that they draw the nasty beetles away from other plants I cherish (like my Stewartia blossoms) so I'm going to throw my vote towards keeping them around.
Still some leaves on the Doublefile Viburnum as well- wish I could have captured the glistening water droplets on the leaves a bit better. Need a camera upgrade (and maybe a skill upgrade as well).
My best friend and garden buddy gave us two tiny Smoke Bush babies that got tucked into their respective spots last fall. They've both prospered this year and I'm really enjoying the deeper fall color. At the rate they're growing, we'll definitely have to start coppicing them next year so they won't get to large.
Here's one of two small Heather plants that I got on a whim at Trader Joe's (labelled Calluna so I'm guessing they are Scotch Heather). They probably won't like the neutral clay soil we have, but I just couldn't throw them out when they were blooming so nicely. Another little plant experiment....
Our three Japanese Maples had bare branches by this time, but their leaves still looked lovely together resting on the lawn.
Some of our perennials were still looking pretty good- photo worthy, I thought. The Hakonechloa had some nice fall color going and the 'Forever Purple' Heuchera I just purchased this year was glowing in it's blanket of leaves. I hope this Heuchera hangs in there because the color is stunning.
Another beautiful gift plant from my gardening friend, Little Bluestem, has great fall color. I loved the soft blue color it had throughout the summer, but the fall color change is an added bonus.
Acorus gramineus 'Ogon' and Heuchera 'Dark Secret' were looking good together.
Just a few annuals hanging in there. Osteospermum 'Blue-eyed Beauty' had one last flower to show me before giving up for the winter. This poor plant along with it's fellows in our mailbox garden had to be moved out in August so our town could install a french drain. This meant that my husband and I dug out all the plants one Sunday evening (in the middle of a very hot dry week) after coming back from a relaxing vacation- sigh! All the plants were installed in the shade in their respective pots and watered for at least a week and a half while we waited for the project to be completed. In the end, they never touched the garden bed itself and we lost several really nice plants. But this sturdy guy got happy again and started producing more flowers as the weather got cooler again.
The Variegated Sage and Mexican Heather were also still looking healthy and happy. I can't resist buying the Mexican Heather in the spring. It blooms so faithfully in our garden and it's just so darn cute, in spite of the fact that you have to get down to eye level to really see the teeny flowers.
So not a bad showing for November in Central New York. And this post provided me with one more opportunity to get up close to my garden and enjoy it's green (and gold and red) beauty before the snow hides it away. The last hurrah for the season, but now I get to look forward to the opening of the garden show in spring. As the days get shorter, it's kind of nice to take a well- earned rest from my outdoor labors just like my garden is doing. Happy Fall everyone! If you want to see more beautiful November gardens, check out all the other Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day posts.
I'm a gardener, garden coach, bird watcher and nature lover. There's nothing better than being outdoors and experiencing the beauty firsthand. I also love being able to help other people notice and enjoy the intricacies of the natural world in all it's glory.