Despite the many miles between our gardens, mine in Perthshire Scotland and Carol’s in Indiana USA, today we both have flower buds on a Christmas rose! What fun it is to compare our gardens to other gardens around the world on the 15th of the month and Carol at May Dreams Gardens is the blogger and hostess behind it all.
The reality is, had I not read Carol’s November 2013 blog post for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and seen her photo I wouldn’t have realised my Christmas rose even had a bud. Out in my garden I was to I move fallen leaves to discover a flower bud hiding below. I didn’t think I had anything to contribute this month however my camera kept finding more that I wanted to capture before possible snowfall at the end of next week. Oh dear… there is much to finish outside before then!
I’ll rush you through my small garden so you have time to browse all the many blooming gardens around the world. I wonder if other gardens will have the same blooms. Have fun… HAPPY GARDEN BLOGGERS’ BLOOM DAY everyone 🙂
Astrantia – either ‘Ruby Wedding’ or ‘Gill Richardson’. I must find out which one.
Osteospermum ‘Stardust’ – I’ve loved this, recently moved and divided it. Hope ok for winter.
Christmas rose bud, still a young plant new to this border. Expect more blooms in future.
Ivy, Sulphur Heart, flower clusters of yellowy-green not open in shade below Pergola.
Ivy, Sulphur Heart, flower clusters of yellowy-green open on Pergola roof.
Perennial wallflower, Erysimum ‘Bowles’s Mauve’ appearing in many corners of garden now.
Cotoneaster berries, Blackbirds seen eating them. Erysimum ‘Bowles’s Mauve’ in background.
Verbena Bonariensis, not for long. Must protect plant base before next week or I’ll lose it.
Geranium Rozanne, taking advantage of last good light after rock moved beside it.
Digitalis ‘Illumination Pink’, 6x lifted, potted up in greenhouse. Not taking any chances!
Pieris Forest Flame, eye level in a large basket container. Great for seeing bees.
Gentiana sino ornate, reintroduced to garden and spreading nicely. An early plant fav.
Woodland strawberries, over now. Spreading around garden – cheeky thing.
Buddleja ‘Buzz Ivory, over now. New this season – will it be winter hardy?
Stipa gigantea – in exposed front border, wind breaks stems. Leave it for winter interest?
Sedums, Rose Carpet and Carl almost done. Getting to tatty stage.
Sedum Autumn Joy, new for 2013. Flower head and foliage both looking good today.
Penstemon ‘Raven’ pretty last blooms? Yay… finally got round to taking cuttings this year 🙂
Wishing you all a great weekend. Last weekend’s garden to-do of building a wildlife home is still on my list! Other stuff happened. Nice stuff, first car shopping with daughter! Lots of garden stuff to do before the snows – a busy week ahead. What garden to-do’s are on your list before our gardens get caught in Winter’s grip?
This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in November 2013.