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.

Long Shots

This angle on the South Border probably says as much as anything. Please pardon the bit of garden hose...

the south border
the South Border
the central bed
the Central Bed
lavandula multifida and the white and silver garden
looking into the White and Silver Garden from the North Border


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.

angel face, cuphea ignea, and catharanthus roseus
Angel Face, with Cuphea ignea "Vermillionaire" and Catharanthus roseus

The David Austin roses are in full feather.

william shakespeare 2000
William Shakespeare 2000
wollerton old hall rose
Wollerton Old Hall
the alnwick rose with gaura
The Alnwick Rose with Gaura (Oenothera lindheimeri noID) which is a mass of flowers at present

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.

miniature rose daniela
"Daniela", miniature rose


The most spectacular are Muhlenbergia capillaris "Regal Mist" combining with Pennisetum setaceum rubrum. 

pennisetum setaceum rubrum and muhlenbergia capillaris regal mist
Pennisetum setaceum rubrum with Muhlenbergia capillaris "Regal Mist"

 But I have added more this year...

bouteloua gracilis blonde ambition
Bouteloua gracilis "Blonde Ambition"
muhlenbergia lindheimeri autumn glow
Muhlenbergia lindheimeri "Autumn Glow"


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.

senna nemophila
Senna nemophila
eremophila maculata valentine
Eremophila maculata "Valentine"

Then there are summer-blooming plants that have extended their season longer than anticipated.

asclepias subulata, lantana
Buds on Asclepias subulata, against a background of white lantana, which can be seen almost any month!
Caesalpinia pulcherrima
Caesalpinia pulcherrima
hollyhock creme de cassis
Hollyhock "Creme de Cassis"

Catharanthus Roseus

The Catharanthus is still in full bloom.  In addition to the lavender-flowered plants in the South Border, there are others.

catharanthus roseus
catharanthus roseus


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.

lavandula multifida
Lavandula multifida
lavandula x intermedia
Lavandula x intermedia
lavandula dentata
Lavandula dentata


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.

salvia reptans
Salvia reptans, nearly done for the season though perhaps it will return to bloom once I give it a much needed tidying!
salvia greggi
Salvia greggi - one of many!
salvia farinacea
Salvia farinacea resprouting from the base as it always does this time of year.
salvia leucantha santa barbara
Salvia leucantha "Santa Barbara"
salvia summer jewels
Salvia "Summer Jewels"


Not miscellaneous really, but I wasn't sure how best to organize them, so here they are in no particular order.

chrysactinia mexicana
Chrysactinia mexicana could almost go into the "unexpected" category, except that I've learned to expect a burst of autumn bloom. Perhaps it doesn't look like much from photos, but I've learned to adore this desert native.
tagetes lemmonii x lucida gold medal
Just planted today: Tagetes lemmonii x lucida "Gold Medal"
euphorbia tirucalli sticks of fire and acacia salicina
Look closely, there are blooms in this photo: the puffball flowers of Acacia salicina. There are also leaves on Euphorbia tirucalli "Sticks on Fire", as well as, I think, some flower buds, hardly to be seen as yet.
justicia californica
Justicia californica is just beginning to flower. I missed getting photos, but J. spicigata is also in flower.
bougainvillea sundown orange
Bougainvillea "Sundown Orange" is still small, but ready to climp up a large post at the very back of the East Border.
hamelia patens
Hamelia patens, still partially in bloom
calliandra californica baja red
Calliandra californica "Baja Red" with a pair of bees
perovskia atriplicifolia, pennisetum rubrum
Perovskia atriplicifolia with Pennisetum setaceum rubrum
ruellia brittoniana
Ruellia brittoniana is also extending its bloom well into the end of the year.

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.

rose Wollerton Old Hall
Wollerton Old Hall

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!

bougainvillea sundown orange
Bougainvillea "Sundown Orange"

Weather Diary: Overcast; High: 83 F (28 C)/Low: 54 F (12 C); Humidity: 14%-43%

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Comments: 18
  • #1

    Kris P (Wednesday, 15 November 2017 22:17)

    Your garden looks fabulous, Amy! You've done a great job combining the grasses - the Muhlenbergia and the Pennisetum in the first shot complement each other well. And of course your roses are drool-worthy.

  • #2

    Lea @ Lea's Menagerie (Thursday, 16 November 2017 07:53)

    When I reached the end of your post, I went back to the top, and scrolled down again, admiring each photo as I went!
    Have a wonderful day!

  • #3

    rusty duck (Thursday, 16 November 2017 07:55)

    Absolutely incredible! Give yourself many pats on the back Amy. What you have achieved is truly stunning.

  • #4

    danger garden (Thursday, 16 November 2017 10:42)

    I am so glad you went to the effort to upload all of these photos, your garden really is stunning this November. I hope you get a lot of time out there to enjoy it.

  • #5

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Thursday, 16 November 2017 18:13)

    Big thank you, Kris! I love what those grasses bring to the garden in terms of texture and color! :)

  • #6

    Libby (Friday, 17 November 2017 07:25)

    Oh me oh many fabulous and gorgeous photos and plants here! I had no idea all the roses would do so well in the desert. What variety you have: of everything. Just beautiful Amy!

  • #7

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Friday, 17 November 2017 11:34)

    Lea - That is such a big compliment - thank you! Hope you have a great day! :)

  • #8

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Friday, 17 November 2017 12:18)

    RD - There's always much more to do, but at least I begin to feel that I'm working with a garden instead of just a random conglomeration of plants... Thanks for the encouragement! :)

  • #9

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Friday, 17 November 2017 12:34)

    Loree - Thanks for the reminder to step out and enjoy it while the weather is nice! I've been fussing around about the things I want to get done out there, but a little enjoyment wouldn't hurt either... ;-)

  • #10

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Friday, 17 November 2017 12:42)

    Libby - Thanks so much - so glad you enjoyed the post as it was a fun one to put together! The roses are a bit of a challenge, but in general they like it here, as they don't have to contend with blackspot and all the rest of it. Too dry! ;-) Welcome to the blog!

  • #11

    Diana Studer (Friday, 17 November 2017 17:15)

    Summer Jewels is an unusual colour for a Salvia. Looks a particularly delicious flavour of fruity sorbet!

  • #12

    Rose (Friday, 17 November 2017 19:35)

    What a beautiful garden you have! I appreciate seeing all these blooms in part because my garden has frozen over and is done for the season, but also just because you have so many lovely and unusual--to me--blooms. I like salvias, too, though many are just annuals for me, but I've never had a Gaura as full of blooms as yours--wow!

  • #13

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Saturday, 18 November 2017 23:17)

    Diana - Yes, indeed, strawberry sorbet, I believe! ;-) It's from a series commonly sold as bedding annuals, but as it grows on through winter here, well... I have a nice, small scale perennial Salvia in a lovely color!

  • #14

    Cathy (Sunday, 19 November 2017 02:35)

    Beautiful! Your photos are fabulous Amy and your flowers even more so! I can't believe a desert garden can be so pretty and full of such a variety of grasses and flowers! You have created something very special on your patch of land. :D

  • #15

    Ian Lumsden (Sunday, 19 November 2017 16:01)

    You really do have an eye for colour. I can see why you commenced with the pink grasses and roses. Of course, having an eye for colour is of little consequence if the garden's looking a bit drab, as our own is at this time of the year. So thanks for the uplift. Your garden is stunning by the way.

  • #16

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Tuesday, 21 November 2017 09:55)

    Rose - Thank you so much, and I'm sorry I didn't get back to reply to you sooner! I'm glad to send you a bit of color for November, having gardened through many brown Missouri winters in my first garden! There are so many trade-offs with growing plants in this climate, but I do enjoy all those salvias. They've become some of my favorite go-to plants :-)

  • #17

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 22 November 2017 22:38)

    Cathy - Thank you so much for such kind compliments! :-D The desert really can produce so much beauty!

  • #18

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 22 November 2017 22:42)

    Thank you very much, Ian! The weather is certainly encouraging color in the garden just now. Early on, I thought I would have to let the garden go entirely drab during the summer, rather like winter in a northern garden, but fortunately with a little care there are ways to keep color year-round here. Which is quite a relief!