November Bloom Day

The most spectacular blooms here now are on an ancient Sasanqua camellia planted here about 45 years ago. White, with no known name, its trunk is large and gnarled. As blooms open the petals of mature blossoms fall to the ground, as close to snow as we see. Sasanquas bloom until Christmas; then the C. japonicas, which have buds now, begin to open.

We still have zinnias:

And Ratibida. And Pentas and Echinacea

Crape myrtles have colorful foliage. Salvia leucantha, Madagascar periwinkle, Purple Heart and Melampodium paludosum continue, awaiting inevitable frost. I’ve pulled the plants that turned ugly, but enough remain to carry the beds. Duranta has gone out of bloom.

Red alternanthera has finally put on fall dress. It works well with Salvia coccinea, Lantana and Ratibida.

The upper garden continues with Pentas and other delights like Salvia elegans

Tecoma stans continues to bloom in front of a pear tree with fall foliage. Notice the long seed pods on the Esperanza.

I have to mention Tithonia. It has been a magnet for butterflies and I left some of the smaller plants for Gulf Frits, Sulphurs and other late butterflies, here it compliments red alternanthera.

Bloom Day is Hosted by Carol of May Dreams Gardens. Do visit over there, add your Bloom Day Blog to Mr. Linkie and Remember to Comment.

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23 Comments

  1. evolutionofagardener

     /  November 18, 2009

    How wonderful to still be enjoying so many flowers and colors in the garden! 🙂

  2. Deborah Elliott

     /  November 16, 2009

    I loved this post. the camellia sasanquas are wonderful; I love the character of that old plant – magnificent. I have just started blogging and am really enjoying visiting all the different gardens. Thanks so much!

  3. Mary Delle

     /  November 16, 2009

    Nell Jean, I love your garden now, both the flowers and the foliage turning color. The blooming tree looks so magnificent.

  4. Town Mouse

     /  November 16, 2009

    Wow! How big is that Camelia? It looks very impressive.

    Happy bloom day. If I hadn't spent all weekend with bulbs, I'd have photos too…

  5. Carol

     /  November 16, 2009

    Beautiful camellia! Indeed all of your blooms are lovely and it seems more like summer there than November… You must enjoy the cooler days. Carol

  6. mothernaturesgarden

     /  November 16, 2009

    The camellia is fabulous. I was just searching the net for examples of mature camellias.
    Donna

  7. Corner Gardener Sue

     /  November 16, 2009

    Hi Nell,
    Your place looks great, as always. As I was enjoying the flowers, I was wondering if your tithonias were still blooming. I scattered my seed heads all over the place across the street, because I'm not sure which area I want them to grow. I figured I can move some around when they are still small. They were the monarchs' favorites, and I thank you for introducing them to me.

  8. Helen

     /  November 16, 2009

    Wow, this is when you see the difference between a northern and southern garden. What glory that camellia must be! You have obviously scattered the right seeds.

  9. gld

     /  November 16, 2009

    Nell, your fall gardens look wonderful.

    We have had several frosts and blooming plants are almost a thing of the past.

  10. lostlandscape (James)

     /  November 16, 2009

    That is a truly awesome sight, that old camellia. I planted a pink sasanqua a couple years ago, hearing that they actually can get along with little added water–an issue here. So far, so good.

    Yours is the second bloomday garden with Salvia elegans. I'm taking that as a clue that I must get me some…

  11. mss @ Zanthan Gardens

     /  November 15, 2009

    We grow many of the same flowers, I see, although I don't have camellias as they prefer your more acidic soil. How wonderful to have such a lovely, gnarled old specimen.

    It's interesting how many other flowers, however, seem to be able to adapt to either soil type.

  12. Wendy

     /  November 15, 2009

    The camellia is wonderful! Looks like the perennials are really happy in November in Georgia!

  13. azplantlady

     /  November 15, 2009

    Such beautiful Camellias, Nell Jean. I also am very partial to Mexican Sage. Such beautiful plants.

  14. Les

     /  November 15, 2009

    Just how do people cope with living where Camellias won't grow?

  15. Ginger

     /  November 15, 2009

    Thank you for visiting my blog! We have many of the same plants. I am interested in your ratibida(?), though – how unique!

  16. Dee/reddirtramblings

     /  November 15, 2009

    Just beautiful! It looks like an Oklahoma September, only it's November there. Happy Bloom Day!~~Dee

  17. Catherine@AGardenerinProgress

     /  November 15, 2009

    It looks so pretty there! Your Camellia reminds me of a huge one that grew in the backyard of a house we rented a long time ago in Seattle.

  18. Janet

     /  November 15, 2009

    Great blooms Nell! Hard to believe it is November.

  19. Grace Peterson

     /  November 15, 2009

    Hi Nell~~ Ah, to be in Georgia this time of year! Beautiful. The Sasanqua is fabulous–an antique still going strong–says a lot about the gardener's careful tending. The alternanthera is such an eye-catching color. I've got a tuft of it, given to me as a cutting from a fellow gardener. I'm hoping I can over winter it. The cycad is it? growing in the upper garden is delicious!

  20. Daricia

     /  November 15, 2009

    enjoyed seeing your blooms, nell, and love your new blog look/design. camellias are so wonderful aren't they? what amazing flowers all gorgeous when most things are dying or dead. my mother had a red one that bloomed around valentine's day every year – it was quite a sight, especially when we had snow.

  21. garden girl

     /  November 15, 2009

    Your camellia is indeed spectacular Nell Jean! Your November garden is spectacular.

  22. Helen Yoest @ Gardening With Confidenceâ„¢

     /  November 15, 2009

    Gorgeous! Makes me want to plant more camellias. Happy Bloom Day! P.S. Aren't you clever to link back to Carol's!

  23. Rose

     /  November 15, 2009

    Your garden looks so bright and colorful! Very different from my mostly brown garden right now. How wonderful to have a camellia that is so old; it's like the granddaddy of the garden.

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