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.
This angle on the South Border probably says as much as anything. Please pardon the bit of garden hose...
While the Rose Border is suffering from lack of attention, the roses in the rest of the garden are doing well at last. This is the first real season for bloom from the classic floribunda "Angel Face", added last spring.
The David Austin roses are in full feather.
And the miniatures are fabulous. Here is "Daniela". This summer had left it with quite a bit of salt burn and single-only flowers. A hard pruning a month or more ago is doing the job.
The most spectacular are Muhlenbergia capillaris "Regal Mist" combining with Pennisetum setaceum rubrum.
But I have added more this year...
There is a scattering of bloom from plants that have waited till January in the past. I don't know whether this is something to do with the weather or has more to do with the plants being better established now.
Then there are summer-blooming plants that have extended their season longer than anticipated.
The Catharanthus is still in full bloom. In addition to the lavender-flowered plants in the South Border, there are others.
Other than the Lavandula stoechas varieties, most lavenders are proving nearly everblooming here, falling off during late summer and early autumn, but coming back into flower now. I don't have any close-ups of L. x "Goodwin's Creek Grey" this month, but here are the rest.
What between the different species and the long bloom period of many of the salvias, there is nearly always some type of salvia in bloom. Thinking about it, I believe I have more different species of salvia than of any other genus. I didn't intend to "collect" salvias, but they are so perfect for this garden.
Not miscellaneous really, but I wasn't sure how best to organize them, so here they are in no particular order.
Happily, the photos have uploaded fairly well. I hope the post loads well as it is admittedly image heavy!
One more shot of Wollerton Old Hall because I couldn't bear to leave this one out.
Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day to catalog what is blooming in the garden each month. Perhaps I've gone a little overboard this time, but it's so nice to have a garden full of flowers after our long summer!
Weather Diary: Overcast; High: 83 F (28 C)/Low: 54 F (12 C); Humidity: 14%-43%