Saturday, November 15, 2008

GBBD - Proud, but Meagre Offerings

There is sort of a profound silliness to presenting blooms of my garden on November 15th - especially on such a cold and rainy day. And yet, there I stood declaring to Kevin that I was going outside - and he finished my sentence - "to take pictures of your garden." So here they are - my kamikaze shots - draw camera from pocket, snap, close camera and return to pocket. Surprisingly some are even in focus. So, without further ado, here are my blooms from Oakville, Ontario - snow scheduled for Monday - so I'm assuming this will be my last outside blooms around the garden for a while. Don't forget to stop by Carol's May Dreams Gardens ( - to see what everyone else has percolating in their gardens. A bit of a cheat - great colour on a little rhodo that is one of my first woodies to bloom every year.

A forget-me-not volunteer. That's a blade of grass next to the flower just to give you some perspective on these grand flowers.

The last tricyrtis to bloom - all others have gone to seed.

Doesn't this look like a Dandelion? But it's not and it's in bloom, and so it's here.

Obviously not ready for his closeup.

Pleasant Mistflower (Eupatorium coelestinum) finishing up for the season.

A hard year for insect damage to coneflowers - very odd. Felt the one at front would almost qualify as a bloom.

A perennial salvia. Camera makes it far bluer than it really is.

Scraping the bottom of the barrel for this one. Hopefully I'll get some good seed when it dries up - has been a very reliable little annual - believe I got original seed from Select some years ago.

Go Alcea Go! Blooms for Christmas?

No blooms, but Lysimachia looking very cool.

Good colour for allium leaves - these are the sorts of things you discover when you're out in the cold and rain in November.

And one last white blossom to remind me that there will be a lot more of that to come in the months ahead.


Gail said...

I think you have a lot of bloom! That you still have tricyrtis in bloom is fantastic...mine left a bit ago and did not set seed! I hope it survives our wet winters...Thank you for the tour... Brave you for getting out in the cold windy rain.

Glädjekällan said...

Your garden realy has a lot to offer even in the end of November.
Since I started to take photos of my garden I have discovered that the garden has a life after october.


Meems @HoeandShovel said...

Barbara-- Not so meager at all... you had me expecting very little and isn't it amazing what you find when the camera is in hand (or pocket in this case)? I don't know what many of them are but there was quite a variety of form and color today.

The salvia was very pretty, I like the look of that delicate tricyrtis and the mistflower seems to still be happy in the cold. Wondering if you got snow last night? Your last line about the white gave me a chuckle.

Northern Shade said...

It is surprising what you can find when you take your camera. Usually I have no idea what I am going to write about, until I go out and take pictures.
The salvia has such a beautiful colour, even if it got its makeup from the camera.

Barbarapc said...

Gail- I think you'll be successful - even when we've had rainy winters they've done well. Often late to emerge tho - so give it time.
Gladjkallan - This whole exercise of taking so many photos late in the season has been a terrific experience - I'm usually just glancing at the garden through my window this time of year - I'm enjoying the little discoveries & seeing everyone elses late season treasures.
Meems - so true - and the snow, just a little bit - nothing to stay on the ground. 25cm, about 10 inches scheduled for north, south and west of us. Will have to see - it's gorgeous today.
N.S. Liked that make-up comment!

Frances said...

Hi Barbara, like Gail, you have a ton of blooms being so far north. Are you in a pocket of warmth where you live? I may have told you that I have friends in Simcoe and they call it the banana belt from the waters of Lake Erie, with a laugh of course. I love all your closeups and combos. Those alliums look terrific!

Jim/ArtofGardening said...

Ha! i went out and took some pictures and was so underwhelmed that I decided not to post them. They're colorful - if you like brown. There's still actually plenty of green and color in your November garden. Looks good!

Barbarapc said...

Frances - your friends in Simcoe are in the Ontario Banana belt! We'd be classified as an American 5B - Canadian 6A - Simcoe's a 7. In some cases I think it's my poor garden hygene in the fall with lots of leaves left around - also, we really haven't had a big whack of frost just yet. Although today - all the lindens finally let go - a sign that winter is on the way.

Barbarapc said...

Thanks - read that great article in the nyt about preservation of architecture in Buffalo - and they even had a nice big photo of the traffic circle you had posted - very cool.