‘No sun, no moon!
No morn- no noon-
No dawn- no dusk- no proper time of day.
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member-
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds!-
Thomas Hood. 1799-1845.
Poor Thomas, he was feeling gloomy when he wrote this poem the year before he died. And perhaps he was exaggerating a bit, but still on a dank, foggy, drippy sort of November day one understands what he felt like. But let’s be positive, we do have flowers, even if they are looking rather damp and sad, and on Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day we have to see what we can find.
A lot of what I have flowering is the same as last month, and many of the blooms from the End of Month View are still soldiering on. For instance, I still have roses and Chrysanthemums but I am not going to show you the same flowers as last month. Except you just have to have another look at Galanthus elwesii ‘Barnes’ which is still looking as good as it did a month ago. And for newcomers to my blog, I have to point out that this is not a snowdrop blooming out of season, this is when it blooms every year.
I forgot to check my Helleborus niger until today and it has clearly been flowering for some time. Next year I must protect it from slugs and from getting its pristine, white flowers splashed with mud. Perhaps a ring of gravel would help.
Skimmia japonica ‘Rubella’ looks good all winter with its dark, pink buds. I am always surprised at how early they appear.
Jasminum nudiflorum, winter jasmine is in full bloom. The brown branches you see in the foreground are Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’, and it is indeed full of promise with loads of plump buds. I have had to move the bird table here from the back garden because the sparrowhawk was picking off the birds as they were feeding. I don’t think he will come here so close to the window.
I showed you my Chrysanthemums last Bloom Day but I forgot this Belgian Chrysanthemum ‘Marjolein Brown’ which is full of masses and masses of little bronzey- brown flowers.
So far, so seasonal, but I still have many salvias looking just as good as they did in summer. Salvia involucrata ‘Bethellii’ is always a late bloomer though. Every year I wonder if the flowers will appear before the first frosts. It is hardy but I grow it in the protection of the wall.
I have showed you the following salvias before, but they still look as fresh as ever.
The cuttings I took of my salvias earlier are all in bloom in the greenhouse. In fact there is a lot in bloom in the greenhouse and I don’t think I have ever taken you in there, so let’s have a peek.
There are cuttings of a deep blue and a pink Rosemary in full bloom .
I love Abutilons and two of them are doing well in the greenhouse.
With the next one you can see my Bougainvillea. It seems to be a bit slow growing.
Neither of the following two plants are reliably hardy so they spend their lives in pots.
The Grevillea is now safely in the greenhouse. We haven’t had a frost so far but it can’t be long.
I love the showy pink flowers of Cestrum fasciculatum ‘Newelli, I am told that it is hardy down to -5 degrees centigrade but I wouldn’t risk it outside.
I have had this Black eyed Susie, Thunbergia alata in bloom all summer in a pot and have rather overlooked it whilst there was so much else to enjoy. Now I am delighted to see it carrying on with gusto in the greenhouse.
I will show you more of the greenhouse another day but there are a couple more outdoor shots.
The photograph above shows Pennisetum rubrum which is not hardy and will die with the first frosts. I love it here with the Hesperantha in the background. The glossy leaved shrub is Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’.
The final shot is another plant which I keep in a pot. It is hardy down to -1 degree centigrade, so it will soon have to go in the greenhouse. You are probably familiar with the annual spring-flowering Cineraria, well this is a perennial one. I have had it for two years now. It is supposed to flower in the Spring but it is very welcome now. It is called Pericallis ‘Senetti’.
Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted by Carol at May Dream Gardens. I am going over there now to see what other garden bloggers around the world have in bloom in one of the dreariest months of the year.