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A Few November Blooms

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Blog entry by Iris43 posted 985 days ago 4454 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We had our first snowflakes of November 2011 on Wednesday as well as several nights of freezing temps. Despite the cold, some flowers continue to bloom and brighten the dull, fall days.

As walk around the gardens today witht the camera and here are a few pics.

I started these lobelia from seed last spring and they are still blooming merrily in several containers.

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Lots of calendulas throughout the garden.

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This Malva, Zebrina, is blooming better now than it has all season.

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This is a Knockout Rose, with some rust-coloured ‘mums and Irish Eyes rudbeckia.

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And here’s one of my taller roses, still putting out buds and blooms.

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Alysium loves this late fall weather and makes a nice nest for the little Johnny-jump-up.

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Trying to save some of my more tender plants, I have them stored in the garage for now. My garage is not heated and before too long I will have to decide just what to do with these plants. I have taken some cuttings of my favorite geraniums and just a couple coleus. Meanwhile the ‘Abutilon’ (flowering maple), ivy geranium, and brugmansia continue to bloom.

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The flowering cabbage is becoming more colourful with every frost.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the late blooms in my garden. Soon snow will cover everything.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'



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Iris43

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sharad

1620 posts in 1786 days
hardiness zone 11

posted 985 days ago

Iris your pictures show that nature displays its beauty in all seasons. All flowers are looking colorful and bright. The flowering cabbage I am seeing for the first time and they look so beautiful. The rose and the bud is looking so fresh. The rose bud reminded me of the following story and poem:
A new minister was walking with an older, more seasoned minister in the garden one day. Feeling a bit insecure about what God had for him to do, he was asking the older preacher for some advice. The older preacher walked up to a rosebush and handed the young preacher a rosebud and told him to open it without tearing off any petals. The young preacher looked in disbelief at the older preacher and was trying to figure out what a rosebud could possibly have to do with his wanting to know the will of God for his life and ministry. But because of his great respect for the older preacher, he proceeded to try to unfold the rose, while keeping every petal intact. It wasn’t long before he realized how impossible this was to do. Noticing the younger preacher’s inability to unfold the rosebud without tearing it, the older preacher began to recite the following poem…
“It is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of God’s design;
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.”
“The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I.
GOD opens this flower so easily,
But in my hands they die.”
“If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of God’s design,
Then how can I have the wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?”
“So I’ll trust in God for leading
Each moment of my day.
I will look to God for guidance
In each step along the way.”
“The path that lies before me,
Only my Lord and Savior knows.
I’ll trust God to unfold the moments,
Just as He unfolds the rose.”

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Radicalfarmergal

4296 posts in 1831 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 985 days ago

Iris, your flowers are still so lovely this late in the year. Such color! My gardens are pretty much finished; even my kale didn’t survive our freaky snowstorm in October….Enjoy those blooms while they last!

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Iris43

3793 posts in 2198 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 983 days ago

Thanks for your kind comments, RFG and Sharad.

@Sharad…....What a lovely poem and poem. Very appropriate for a gardener who works hand and hand with a Higher Power in a garden. :)

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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MsDebbieP

14670 posts in 2569 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 983 days ago

really???
Oh what a different zone you are in – and so, so close.. sigh…

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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justjoel

1058 posts in 1949 days
hardiness zone 7a

posted 982 days ago

I’m such a babe in these woods! I love the flowering cabbage – now on my list for next year!

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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Bon

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 974 days ago

Wow Iris I can’t believe you have so much still in bloom.Beautiful.
Sharad…I really loved your poem.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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