Friday, November 16, 2012

November Bloom Day

Rosa 'Flower Carpet Amber'

This November Bloom Day at my house is limited to just a few flowers that still look pretty, and several that have blooms, but their heads are hanging low or their petals have mostly fallen.  A month of drought this year didn't help much.

Flower Carpet Amber roses are in the "still pretty" group.  There aren't a lot of blooms, but the ones there are like the cool, fresh air and last longer than in the summer.

Rosa 'Gruss an Aachen'

Another favorite is floribunda rose 'Gruss an Aachen' which hasn't been particularly vigorous, but manages to hang on year after year, disease free, while blooming in part shade. This time of year, once the temperatures fall at night, it seems to be the rose it was created to be. Take a look at this post from hot August (it's the 8th picture down) and see how different it looks in November! The fragrance of this rose is divine and it holds on to that better in the cool weather, too.

Besides these two roses, there are some Mexican mint marigold blooms...

Mexican mint marigold (Tagetes lucida)

and some pineapple sage is still putting on a show.

Pineapple sage (Salvia elegans)

I can't show you the mums in their current state.  Too depressing.  But they were beautiful for weeks!  Here's a 'Helen' back in October.

Chrysanthemum x morifolium 'Helen'

That's about it from A Charlotte Garden.  What's blooming where you are right now?