Top Ten November Blooms.

I am rather late with my top ten blooms this month as I have been away to find some sunshine and flowers elsewhere in this, the gloomiest of months. Clearly, there has been frost here whilst I was away, as the dahlias are blackened and the garden is looking tired and a bit black and squishy.

But let’s look back at the month to see what November had to offer. My favourite November blooms are chrysanthemums and I dedicated a post to them recently. But for some reason I left out one of my favourites and here it is. It is a semi-double in a lovely pale gold colour.

Chrysanthemum ‘Golden Greenheart’

Talking about favourites, I adore nerines and November brought some more delicate blooms in the greenhouse. I have two whites, both very similar. Nerine bowdenii ‘Alba’ and Nerine ‘Ella K’. My largest flowering is Nerine ‘Zeal Giant’ and the darkest colour is ‘Mr John’. None of these nerines are hardy but they brighten up the greenhouse on a gloomy day.

Nerine ‘Zeal Giant’ (top)with Nerine bowdenii ‘Alba


Nerine ‘Mr. John’

Outside, my November snowdrop is the dear little Galanthus ‘Barnes’  which I believe belongs to the elwesii  group.

Galanthus ‘Barnes’

I am very fond of daisy flowers and there are some lovely ones in the senecio family. I believe the word ‘senecio‘ means old man and I can’t think why this word should be used for fresh, daisy flowers. Some of those dusty old grey -leaved shrubs that used to be called senecio are now brachyglottis, an ugly name for an ugly plant, in my opinion. Anyway, I don’t want to confuse you, but my next flower is an orange daisy called Senecio confusus. It is a tender climber and has spent the summer in my new exotic bed. Just like last year it has grown beautifully but it didn’t start blooming until late September and it is still blooming away in a pot in the dining room with the rest of the jungle which I brought inside.

Senecio confusus

If you are not confused then perhaps you will be after my next plant. I always thought it was a Cineraria which belongs to the senecio family. You know the sort of daisy plant you buy in winter and then discard when it has finished blooming. But this one is perennial and reasonably hardy, it has lived in a pot outside my back door for a couple of years. It is called Senecio or sometimes you will see it as ‘Senetti’ and sometimes Pericallis. I think the correct name is Pericallis x hybrida. But whatever it is called it makes a lovely bushy plant with delightful daisy flowers.

Pericallis x hybrida

And now for a November flowering shrub which a previous owner has planted all round the garden. It is Mahonia x media ‘Charity’. I like it because the upright flares of yellow flowers bloom when there is not much else about and they are fragrant and abuzz with bees. It is evergreen and I appreciate its glossy leaves when the rest of my trees are shivering en déshabillé. I found labels on some of my bushes which said ‘Mahonia x media ‘Winter Sun’ but they look exactly like ‘Charity’ to me. They are not to be confused with the low growing, revolting Mahonia aquifolium which sprawls and suckers and seeds and is a brute to get rid of. The flowers of Mahonia media ‘Charity’ are not as fragrant as Mahonia japonica which blooms in late winter and early spring and has  flowers which grow in whorls rather than upright.  The flowers  of Mahonia japonica smell of lily in the valley and I love it. But never mind, ‘Charity’ has flowers in November which are very welcome. The shrub tends to grow very tall and displays its blooms to the birds unless you cut it back each spring to just above a knobbly bit.

Mahonia x media ‘Charity’

Mahonia media ‘Winter Sun’

Ceratostigma plumbaginiodes is a low growing shrub which I have mixed feelings about. It comes into leaf very late and it sits in the front of the bed looking dead and ugly amongst all my spring beauties and I chop it right back and threaten it with eviction. In late summer it gets its gentian blue flowers but they are small and sparse. It is only in November when the flowers sit amongst bright red leaves that I feel a bit more friendly towards it. Maybe if I moved it I would enjoy it more somewhere else.

Ceratostigma plumbaginiodes

I love the winter flowering Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens ‘Freckles’, its flowers look so fragile but they start blooming in November and carry on whatever the weather. You have to hold the little bells up to see the freckles properly.

Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens ‘Freckles’

Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens ‘Freckles’

Plenty of salvias are still blooming in the greenhouse.

Salvia guaranitica ‘Blue and Black’

Salvia leucantha ‘Purple Velvet’

I rather like this red flowered one. It has yellow leaves so it looks decorative even when it’s not in bloom. It is a pineapple sage so it has fragrant leaves.

Salvia elegans ‘Golden Delicious.’

I try to keep to blooms that are in season for my monthly top ten but this month I am cheating a bit because I have a couple of delphiniums that were burnt to a crisp in the July drought and I thought they were dead, But here they are in November looking as if this was their proper season to look gorgeous. The white one is standing in front of Miscanthus ‘Morning Light’ which I think sets it off very well.

Delphinium ‘Magic Fountain’

So there we are, I just made it in time to show my Top Ten November Blooms. Next month, December, it is going to be tricky to produce ten blooms which are blooming in season, but I shall see what I can do. Meanwhile, what has been cheering up the stygian dark of your November days?

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29 Responses to Top Ten November Blooms.

  1. Relijen says:

    It’s so lovely to see November color. 🙂 Here in Manitoba, our gardens fell into their winter slumber weeks ago.

    • Chloris says:

      I have to admit that I wasn’t sure where Manitoba is and I had to look it up to find that you are in Canada. I expect you have long winters; I checked out your blog and saw your great post on houseplants and their benefits. Houseplants must be essential when you have a monochrome garden for months.

      • Relijen says:

        Haha It’s funny, I can relate to that. I’m from Southern California and when I met my husband, he said he was from Winnipeg. I said, “Where’s that!?”😄 I now live here with him and yes, we do have long, cold winters, but I love it. It makes me appreciate the times when I can dig in the dirt all that much more. Thanks for looking it up and for checking out my blog. ☺️

  2. snowbird says:

    So many beauties to feast my eyes upon. How I wish I could potter around your garden and greenhouse. Hope you had a wonderful

  3. Sunshine and flowers in warmer climes sounds a most attractive proposition Chloris especially during the darkening days of November. I’m so glad that we will soon wave the month on its way. You had some fabulous blooms to return home too. The nerines are so eye-catching and ‘Barnes’ looks a most delightful little ‘drop.

    • Chloris says:

      Yes, indeed, we only had a week away but it has shortened winter by a tiny bit. I loathe November.
      I think you should add dear little ‘Barnes’ to your collection. It is nice to have a November flowering elwesii.

  4. Kris P says:

    I got my first – and thus far only – Nerine bloom at last, and promptly cut it for this week’s IAVOM vase. Hopefully, sister blooms will follow, if not this year, next year. However, my own Mahonia ‘Charity’ disappointingly shows no inclination to bloom at all yet this season. As my bush violets (Barleria obrusa) have faded and the Camellia sasanqua, though pretty, aren’t particularly inspiring, I’m largely dependent on the ever-blooming Grevilleas at present. But rain is coming (starting this evening if the forecasters are to be believed), which may bring out blooms elsewhere in the coming weeks.

    • Chloris says:

      I just looked at your lovely vase. That is a very dark coloured nerine, do you know its name? I am sure that you will have plenty of blooms next year, nerines can take a while to settle down after planting. I have one grevillea in the greenhouse but after seeing your beauties I would like to add to my collection.

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  6. Christina says:

    What a lovely selection you have. Mine almost seem to be blooms that are out of season but they are giving me pleasure so I am sharing them with you.

  7. Chloris says:

    Thank you Christina and I am so glad you have joined in with your November blooms. It gets more difficult to find blooms in the winter but I think it is nice to share what we have and perhaps get ideas of winter- blooming plants to add to our gardens.

  8. Peter Herpst says:

    You’ve quite a bit of color in your garden to brighten this dark time of year. I hope you enjoyed the sunshine and flowers on your holiday!

  9. tonytomeo says:

    Mahonia media? That is quite rare for us now, and is appreciated more for the foliage than the bloom. Does your happen to get berries as well? I suppose that since it is a hybrid, it probably does not. Only a few of the mahonias produce berries here, and they make only a few each; so the berries are not considered to be ornamental. Pictures that I see online make mahonia much more appealing. I sort of miss growing the common Oregon grape, even if it is perhaps the least interesting.

    • Chloris says:

      Yes Mahonia x media has black, wax -coated berries but they are not very decorative. Now and then you get seedlings cropping up but it is never a nuisance.

  10. Wonderful! still waiting for Nerines here, I fear they are lost to the sands of my garden. You make me remember plants I love like Mahonia – I used to grow the Plumbago as well and felt the same way, though the fall color makes it worthwhile.

    • Chloris says:

      I would have thought that nerines would love your garden as they enjoy a good baking. Perhaps they got dried out, they don’t like that. Maybe they would do better in a pot.

  11. You are so lucky to have all these November blooms – I have absolutely none. I think the Pericallis is my favorite – love that color. As for Ceratostigma, I do grow it but here it is thought of as a ground cover rather than a low shrub. Doesn’t grow much over 6″ at most.

    • Chloris says:

      If it gets too frosty I shall put some fleece over the Pericallis, it is very pretty. Funny about your Ceratostigma, I’m forever cutting mine down to size, but still it gets too big for its boots.

  12. Cathy says:

    What beautiful nerines, Chloris. They are a must for my new greenhouse – where do you get your more unusual ones from? I don’t know what your delphiniums think they are doing but the white one does indeed look very fine in front of the grass. I might try one of those senecio/senetti whatsits if they are supposedly perennials – do you not bring yours in at all? Thanks for sharing your November blooms – you have seen mine but I shall have to add the link later as I am unsure how to do it from my tablet

    • Chloris says:

      I have collected my nerines over the years from here and there. Zeal Giant is a particular favourite, I bought it in Cornwall at the nursery that bred it, but I think it is readily available. Little John is gorgeous and shimmery, I bought it locally. I think most of the bulb companies have a few different ones. My Pericallis lives in a cast iron urn outside the back door so it gets some protection. When the weather gets very frosty I put some fleece over it as a precaution. I thought I had lost it last year through a particularly cold spell, but it came back again as good as new.
      Thank you for joining in, December is going to be a challenge for finding 10 blooms. Let’s see what we can do.

      • Cathy says:

        We will do it, one or way or another – although thinking about it I don’t usually count how many I include, but will certainly leave no stone unturned or possibility checked out for December! The correct link for mine is
        Thanks for all the nerine information – I had hoped to resue some bulbs I had languishing outside in pots but they didn’t survive the Beast.

      • Chloris says:

        Thank you for linking with my post and for joining in. I shall try and get my December blooms posted before Christmas.
        If you keep your greenhouse frost free you can try some of the sparkly tender nerines with sarniensis in their breeding.

      • Cathy says:

        I will be actively nerine searching when I have a spare minute – and any other suggestions for the new greenhouse will be welcome. I have introduced a heater and being attached to the house it will always be a couple of degrees warmer than the other one

  13. krcc says:

    Those Nerines are huge! Beautiful!

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  15. Basing my opinion on your own track record, I have no doubt you’ll find ten blooms to share with us, Chloris. I’m looking outside and seeing snow here in my corner of Ontario, and I always look forward to your winter blooms.

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