Friday, November 14, 2008

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day 11/15/08

(A note to Carol and others on her comments page:  I apologize for several goofy posts there, trying to put a link to here. I kept thinking I had it figured out when I didn't quite. Thanks Kim, for telling me how to do it!)

I will be busy Saturday, so I took these photos today, and plan to get this all ready, then save it to publish tomorrow.  I've never done that before, so I hope it works.  When I went to look at GBBD replies from a year ago, only one had a link to their post, so, in order for other newbies to find the blogs more easily, I suggest we leave the links to our GBBD blog posts in the originator of GBBD, Carol's, at May Dreams Gardens.

I started out in the house, where I have some African violets I bought at a garage sale in August blooming, and getting ready to bloom.  I noticed Carol has written about them, and plan to go back to see what she said.  I did notice something about how many one should have based on age.  I do well with them for awhile, but tend to let them dry out, and then they don't recover well.  There are 3 pots on a plate.  The one on the right has just started blooming. 

This is the one on the other side.  It has 4 sets of buds, which I like as well as the flowers.

The queen Anne's lace was planted in June, and is just now blooming.  We have had several nights in the 20s, so I don't know if it will set seed.  This is my first season growing it.

The zebrena mallow, given to me by the same friend who gave the above plant, bloomed the whole summer.

There are several of these dianthus around, still hoping to bloom some more.

Fireworks goldenrod stays pretty, even when it's finished blooming.

I planted this goldenrod, I can't remember what kind, for my father-in-law when he lived here. It was by the shed, so I moved this start of it here, because we had to have our shed repaired this summer.  I'm glad I did, because its counterpart got crushed.  It's a nice, non-aggressive plan that only gets about 2 feet tall.

This is a blanket flower of some kind.  It bloomed all summer, and was not ready to stop.

I didn't keep up with deadheading my debonair mum.  It has a few still in color.

My blackberry lily plants each have several clumps of these berries hanging around, waiting to land so they can make new plants.  I couldn't get a good enough focus to show how many each plant had.  

This steadfast rue played host to numerous swallowtail caterpillars this summer, which favored the flowers, and held up well enough to put forth one more effort at flowering.

This Eupatorium, Prairie Jewel has done well in this spot, east of the vegetable garden for several years.  It holds up better than regular chocolate or Joe pye weed.  The boltonia in front, which started blooming only a few days earlier than it, has been finished blooming a few weeks.

Here's the area in front of the compost, with the black eyed Susan type plant almost finished. 

I think this Swiss chard was from a package of salad mix seeds.  You can see we've  had some rain the last few days.

These Magnus coneflowers, planted in the back yard the last part of June, bloomed all summer, and these little flowers were just buds a few days ago, so they must handle cold weather well.

I thought the asters were finished, but here is a little clump as pretty as can be, and yes, that is cilantro growing to the right of it!  I don't know if the birds planted that, or I did through applying compost.  I need to remember to use it soon.

My husband got overzealous, a few days after dumping pots (while I was in the house).  The pots I didn't want dumped yet, he left the dirt in, but cut some of the plants way back, but pulled most of the plants out.  I am unhappy about that, because the pansies were still blooming, and I have had them live over the winter some years.  (I imagine you know he's heard my reminders that I told him not to pull pansies a couple different times today.  He's not the gardener, but he is results oriented, and has a different idea of the end of the season clean up than I do.  I need to remember to be thankful for his help lugging things around, though.)  Here is a little viola I'm glad he "missed."  The leaves of a statice plant are draped over it, as it struggles to keep going.

I think this is an annual phlox.  I grow it a lot, and can't remember if it usually hangs on this long.  It's another that is not quite ready to give up.

I forgot to put a picture of the snapdragons that still have blooms and buds, and have very green leaves.  I see Carol has posted, so I will, too!
Happy GBBD!

(I wrote this the time stated, but saved it as a draft until almost midnight.  I was surprised it showed up here, instead of above the squirrel post.  I thought it had failed to post at first!)


  1. Well you still have a lot going on in your garden. Goldenrod, we call sneeze weed it gets us good. Purple coneflowers are very hardy and that was one busy squirrel.

  2. I'm so glad you made the "goofy" comments. I could never figure out what I was doing wrong when I wanted to include a link in a comment. I kept getting error messages that the tag wasn't closed. Thanks to you & Blackswamp Girl, I now finally know how to do it.
    Keep a close eye on the Malva zebrina - it tends to seed all over the place. It's hard not to forgive it that bad habit when it keeps on blooming. I'm surprised you still have a Goldenrod blooming. They're usually all done by now. That's a nice one.

  3. That's a pretty good showing for Nebreska, especially those cone flowers. I'm on the look out in all these bloom day posts for plants that will bloom later. I saw some snapdragons blooming a few days ago on my way to work, and you've mentioned yours are blooming, so that is a flower I'm going to start growing again.

    Thanks for joining in for bloom day, and don't worry about "goofy comments". We all leave them sometimes.

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

  4. It doesn't matter if it finally works. You have a very autumnal garden and worth the effort to share.

  5. Gosh, I just can't get over how much the seedheads on your blackberry lilies really do look like blackberries! They kind of made my mouth water, even... although I'm sure that tasting one would be a terrible (if not fatal) mistake.

    The solidago is particularly gorgeous, by the way... and I'm impressed, because the goldenrods here seem to always be done by September.

  6. Shoot, forgot to say that you made me feel better about my failings with African violets, too... because I tend to do the same thing you do! :)

  7. You have a lot still blooming in your garden for this time of year, Sue! Thanks for showing the picture of the blackberry lilies; I had never seen one until this year, and now I have some seed given to me by a kind blogging friend. It's nice to know it is still showing off its berries this late in the season.
    I notice you have lots of native plants, which may be why they are lasting so long. I plan to plant more natives next year, too; great for the bees and the butterflies.

    Husbands don't always understand gardening chores, do they?

  8. Your post reminds me that my Gallardia is somewhere out front in my yard - need to look for it under the leaves and see if I too hae any blooms.

  9. My goodness there is a lot going on up there in Nebraska...I'll have to check back next month to see whats poking up through the snow. Love those blackberry pics and your wild garden! There were leaves everywhere and I was wondering just how many trees are normally shading your space? Yesterday's wind brought down most of ours...which is something I always wait for because of the fall veggie gardening:)

  10. It's funny how we are so thrilled to see even a teeny tiny bloom at this time of year, when earlier we would have been whining about them, but it's because we love how tenacious and determined our little plants are. I love the little viola. I think they're the most charming little flowers ever.

  11. You still have lots of blooms hanging on in mid November. My purple coneflowers are well gone but the white one is lingering. Lovely bloom day post today!

  12. Hey Sue! I am glad you stoppe by so I could come back and see the bloom day photos...the squirrel antics kept me entertained yesterday~ Don't you love the blackberry lilies! I want a big stand of them so I have planted the seeds all around the 'mother plant'. So tell me how to do the link
    in comments! MMD mentioned it someplace else and also here! Keep warm,

  13. It's nice to have so many blooming plants this time of year, isn't it? I keep hoping every morning that some flowers will remain...

  14. Hi Sue, thanks for directing us to the bloom day post. My first bloom day post I deleted several of the photos are they are gone forever! Good for you getting the link going too. You are off and running now. You must have some kind of microclimate in Nebraska, or are there warmer zones there to have so much still alive. And shame on hubby for dumping the pots. He needs some postivie reinforcement for his retraining! :-)

  15. Hi Sue, thanks for directing us to the bloom day post. My first bloom day post I deleted several of the photos are they are gone forever! Good for you getting the link going too. You are off and running now. You must have some kind of microclimate in Nebraska, or are there warmer zones there to have so much still alive. And shame on hubby for dumping the pots. He needs some postivie reinforcement for his retraining! :-)

  16. Sue love your chard photo and I can't believe how much bloom you have at this time of the year. You did say you live in Nebraska? I applaud your efforts to de-lawnize.

  17. Sue, I am so impressed with what's still growing in Nebraska. The coneflowers, the goldenrod, the black eyed susans... all of them actually looking very perky. Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

  18. Even in your colder climate you still have a lot of flowers. The cone flower is especially lovely - what a beautiful colour. I don't think I've seen one before, I'll look them out.

  19. Thanks for GBBD pictures and the tip on Eupatorium, Prairie Jewel. It's good to know that I may get a longer bloom with this one.

    We are having a cold spell in Eastern PA for the next few days. I don't think there will be much color left by the end of the week.

  20. Blackberry lilies, goldenrod and rue are nostalgic plants for me- reminding me of the old garden in Illinois. This is quite a bloom day for a prairie state in November, Sue!

    Like Frances, I believe that if someone is not the gardener they'd better keep their hands off the plants and pots!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  21. Thanks for all the comments! I am overwhelmed trying to read all the GBBD blogs, and keeping up with the current ones! I want to answer in more detail soon.

  22. Sue, I'd forgotten how to make the link, so it was great seeing the directions that Kim posted :)
    Your African Violets look so healthy!
    I have that same tall Black-eyed Susan. It's rudbeckia triloba. I have to deadhead it to keep it from seeding everywhere, but I like to see it grow over the bank, among the wildflowers, so I spread the seed heads around there.
    I love the annual phlox, don't you? They remind me of my of the many plants that she grew :)
    The blackberry lilies seedheads are so pretty.
    You still had quite a few blooms for your November Bloom Day!
    You can change the date and time of your post in the bottom left corner of the edit page by clicking 'post options'. That way you can make the post appear wherever you want it to.


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