Garden Bloom in November

Sunlight, ornamental grasses and miniature roses
Sunlight, ornamental grasses, and miniature roses

I'm beginning November's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day Post with a good deal of trepidation.  Our internet connections have been brutally slow lately, and most of my blogging time is spent simply waiting while uploading photos.  I'm posting these at much lower resolution than I like, but maybe it will help.


Because, you see, I want to upload lots of pictures this month!  November has been beautiful and is particularly so now.  No rain to date, but temperatures have fallen gently into the eighties (my favorite comfort zone for desert conditions) and look set for the seventies soon.  


The garden is clearly of the same opinion.  It is in full bloom for the season and even sporting a few out of season flowers.

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The East Border: Tiptoeing Toward Winter

the East Border

The East Border is showing signs of the changing season now, after its own fashion.  Euphorbia tirucalli "Sticks on Fire" can be seen coloring up for winter.  I don't understand the mechanics of it, but unlike so many colorful succulents, its bright orange and yellow must not be due to heat stress.  It goes green during summer, and it is at its brightest for me in the cooler months.


Also very visible in the above photo is a yet unplanted Tagetes, a hybrid between T. lucida and T. lemmonii.  I intend to plant it just back from where it is in the photo.  (Note: You know you have become a bit disorganized when you return from the garden center realizing you've just bought two plants slated to fill the same empty spot in the border!)

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A Bunch of Herbs

Lavender and ornamental grasses, dried arrangement

Well, Cathy is celebrating the fourth anniversary of In a Vase on Monday, and she has challenged us to look outside the vase for today's post.  Rather than look for an alternative dish, I decided to go more minimalist and use some of the ample material I have on hand for drying.

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In a Vase: Slightly Purple

bowl with zinnias, lavender, and miniature rose

Today's vase began with clipping a couple of zinnias.

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In a Vase: Simply

The Alnwick Rose

Today, very simple.  A few roses and two types of grass.

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