|Red Pansy Face in November|
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|
|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.
|One Variety of Cherry Sage, © B. Radisavljevic|
|Hot Lips Sage|
|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|
|Gazanias in Bloom|
Some flowers just linger into winter.
|Mums and Calendula|
|Miniature Chrysanthemums in November|
|Cecile Brunner Climbing Rose in November|
|A Neighbor's Roses in November|
|Gazanias, a Blooming Ground Cover, in November|
|Scabiosa (Pincushion Flowers) Hiding Between Hyssop|
And Hollyhock Leaf in November
|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. 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|
Click to enlarge. The flowers are small. Red roses are blooming
in back by the fence.
|Snapdragons in Bloom in November. Behind to the left are poppy|
seedlings and to the right are young scabiosa plants.
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|
|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.
Red Cotoneaster Berries: Holiday season Greeting Card by barbsbooks
Browse Cotoneaster Cards online at Zazzle.com
Here's a matching postage stamp.
This Butterfly Bush Shows How Nature Adapts