Friday, November 27, 2015

What Blooms in November?

Red Pansy Face in November, © B. Radisavljevic
Red Pansy Face in November
It's always interesting when planning a garden to know what blooms when. I'm gradually trying to show the photos of plants in bloom month by month in my neighborhood in Paso Robles, California. Our climate is fairly mild, but we do sometimes go below 20 degrees F. in winter. We get into the triple digits on some spring and summer days. This post will show you what's been blooming here in this month of November. The photo shows a pansy in bloom. Pansies add a lot of color in fall and winter, and sometimes last until spring.

Some plants that typically bloom in summer still have a few flowers left, along with some that dried on the plant. Here are a couple of those.

Lingering Butterfly Bush Flowers in November, , © B. Radisavljevic
Lingering Butterfly Bush Flowers in November

Lingering Hyssop Flowers in November, © B. Radisavljevic
Lingering Hyssop Flowers in November

Some of these flowers are really herb flowers and perform for many months. The hyssop above has been in bloom since June, but it had many more flowers then. The sages also bloom over a long period, as does the rosemary. I love rosemary in winter because you can cut it and bring it in for fragrant holiday greenery. It also helps the bees through the winter.

Cherry Sage, © B. Radisavljevic
One Variety of Cherry Sage, © B. Radisavljevic

Hot Lips Sage, © B. Radisavljevic
Hot Lips Sage

Rosemary in Bloom, © B. Radisavljevic
Rosemary in Bloom

Some flowers I depend upon to brighten my garden year round. One of these is calendula, which you see in bloom below.  To its left is Lamb's Ears, with its contrasting gray leaves. To its right, you see gazanias. Behind is star jasmine with the dark green leaves. It, like the Lamb's Ears, has stopped blooming, as has the browning remains of a Euphorbia plant (also known as gopher plant.), which has greenish-yellow flowers in summer.  The lighter green plant surrounding the dying Euphorbia is rue. It has never bloomed for me yet.

Calendula in Bloom, © B. Radisavljevic
Calendula in Bloom

Gazanias in Bloom, © B. Radisavljevic
Gazanias in Bloom

Some flowers just linger into winter.

Mums and Calendula, © B. Radisavljevic
Mums and Calendula

Miniature Chrysanthemums in November, © B. Radisavljevic
Miniature Chrysanthemums in November

Cecile Brunner Climbing Rose in November, © B. Radisavljevic
Cecile Brunner Climbing Rose in November

A Neighbor's Roses in November,  © B. Radisavljevic
A Neighbor's Roses in November

Gazanias, a Blooming Ground Cover, in November, © B. Radisavljevic
Gazanias, a Blooming Ground Cover, in November

Blue Pincushion Flowers (Scabiosa) in November, © B. Radisavljevic
Scabiosa (Pincushion Flowers) Hiding Between Hyssop
And Hollyhock Leaf in November

Jupiter's Beard,  © B. Radisavljevic
Jupiter's Beard in November. I was not able to identify this until
today, but it blooms for several months out of the year. I see it all
over town and I want some, even though it is invasive. 

These flowers belong to others and are blooming today on November 27, 2015. I'm not sure how long they have been blooming.

Mystery Plant belonging to My Neighbor,  © B. Radisavljevic
Mystery Plant belonging to My Neighbor. Click to enlarge and
see it more clearly. The pink flowers in the back are roses.
The blue is the back of a light.

Society Garlic in Bloom in November, Next to Browning Rose Plant, © B. Radisavljevic
Society Garlic in Bloom in November, Next to Browning Rose Plant
Click to enlarge. The flowers are small. Red roses are blooming
in back by the fence. 

Snapdragons in Bloom in November,  © B. Radisavljevic
Snapdragons in Bloom in November. Behind to the left are poppy
seedlings and to the right are young scabiosa plants.

I hope this helps you plan next year's garden or decide what you might want to transplant now for immediate color. Maybe a neighbor is even cleaning out plants she would be willing to share. Rosemary is easy to root in water. I had one plant in the back yard and roots three more plants for the front yard. It should be easy to find someone who will let out take a few cuttings. I just put it in water and it roots enough to plant within two or three weeks.

What are your favorite winter flowers? I somehow missed posting my photos of petunias and hibiscus that I've seen around the county, but I don't have any growing in my own yard now. I did have a petunia growing in November last year. I saw the hibiscus in Santa Maria in a planter at Trader Joe's.

Here are two more colorful shrubs that give you red berries for winter.

Holly Berries in November, © B. Radisavljevic
Holly Berries in November, © B. Radisavljevic

Pyracantha (Firethorn), © B. Radisavljevic
Pyracantha (Firethorn), © B. Radisavljevic

The cotoneaster shrub is similar in looks to the pyracantha, but has no thorns. I decided to make a blank greeting card out of one of the photos I took of cotoneaster.

Here's a matching postage stamp.

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