After a chilly week and our first real touch of winter, there are still blooms in my gardens. Lucky gardener! Lucky pollinators! I live in central Austin and those supposedly in the know predicted our temperature would fall to the high 20’s by early Friday morning. Well there was no freeze for me and mine. Outlying areas received their first freeze, but much of Austin was spared–this time. To celebrate those lucky blooms, I’m joining with Carol at May Dreams Gardens for November Garden Blogger blooms.
The Coral Vine, Antigonon leptopus, bloomed its signature fuchsia necklace rather late this year.
I think my honeybees will miss this favorite nectar source.
The native Texas Craglily, Echeandia texensis, still blooms,
…though it’s going to seed. One patch blossoms in tandem with the blue Henry Duelberg Sage, Salvia farinacea,’Henry Duelberg’.
A freeze would have quickly ended that pretty pairing.
Rock Rose, Pavonia lasiopetala, sports flowers this November and that’s unusual–they normally stop production by late October.
Heavy with seed, I’ll expect more of these lovelies in seedling form next year. Any takers?
And Goldeneye, Viguiera dentata? It just won’t quit. This most photogenic of flowers, has bloomed since September.
This is one of my two last blooming Goldeneye plants.
The Goldeneye plants in the back garden bloomed first, then set seed and were followed by others throughout my gardens, each individual plant taking turn at adding cheeriness and wildlife goodness to the world. I’m glad these hardy natives have planted themselves all over my gardens. Bees, butterflies, birds, as well as this gardener, enjoy and appreciate a long season with these pretties.
The last Frostweed, Verbesina virginica, is in flowering mode.
While most of that species are setting seed.
A few Turk’s Cap, Malvaviscus arboreus, still bloom.
Yellow Bells, Tecoma stans, ‘Esperanza’, are available for passing bees and butterflies.
Blue Mistflower, Conoclinium coelestinum,
and Gregg’s Mistflower, Conoclinium greggii,
…are toward the end of their season. A true freeze will force the blue blooms into a tawny fluff, ready for dormancy.
Red Yucca, Hesperaloe parviflora, blossoms on its long bloom spike until a hard freeze.
This hasn’t been a banner year for my salvia species. They’ve bloomed, but not regularly nor as fully as usual. But they aren’t quite ready to close up shop, so bloom they will until it’s just too chilly and dark. Salvia like this red Tropical Sage, Salvia coccinea,
…and this Purple Sage, S. greggii x mycrophylla,
…and this red Autumn Sage, S. greggii,
…and this coral Autumn Sage.
They’re determined, if not prolific.
The remains of Fall Aster, Symphyotrichum oblongifolium, are tired of blooming and ready for seeding themselves.
When I thought there would be freezing temperatures, I cut the last of the fall blooms of Purple Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea and Tropical Sage and did this:
As well, I cut a few Goldeneye and basil and did this:
I’m not much for cut flowers in the house (I much prefer a garden full of blooms), but they are nice when it’s gloomy outside. I guess November in my garden and my house is not so barren after all!
Pop on over to May Dreams Garden and enjoy a show of November blooms from all over