What’s in bloom in November? Despite the gloominess and the sun’s feeble attempts at warming the air there are still a few flowers in bloom. It’s the time of year when it’s so easy to stay indoors and view from a window. So pop on your coat and come exploring outdoors with me. I can assure you that you’ll find some jewels in among the seed heads and the final embers of Autumn.
All the plants have their Scottish hardiness ratings placed beside their names.
What’s in Bloom in November
The fragrant Rosa ‘New Dawn’ is almost finished flowering and it’s a climbing rose with determination as it has taken until this year to recover from the harsh winters of 2009 & 2010.
|What’s in bloom in November – Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii H5|
Some of the Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii flowers are still looking quite fresh and contrast so well against the dying sword like Crocosmia leaves.
|What’s in bloom in November – Erysimum ‘Bowle’s Mauve’ and Erysimum ‘ Apricot Delight’ both H4|
On the tops of the wirey branches are the little flowers from Erysimum ‘Bowle’s Mauve’ and Erysimum ‘Apricot Delight’. They continually flower (in this flower border) and have done so ever since I bought them back in the springtime. If our winter temperatures are like 2011’s and they are not in too windy a location then I’m sure that ‘Bowle’s Mauve’ will be in flower throughout the winter. Too optimistic maybe? …time will tell.
This aster is a long flowering one with deep lavender blue blooms though it is now past its best. I’m not so sure which variety this is as it was bought with the wrong label on the plant.
What’s in bloom in November – purple aster
|What’s in bloom in November – Colchicum autumnale H5 and Geranium x oxonianum ‘Wargrave’ H5|
The Perthshire autumn flop has been happening for the past 6-8 weeks with the Colchicum autumnale /Meadow Saffron and these are the final flowers …to flop. While the vigorous ground cover Geranium × oxonianum ‘Wargrave’ has surprised me with some pretty pink flowers on its last ditch attempt to scramble through the borders …hoping I’ll never notice!
There’s also some Perthshire berried treasure from the Malus fruit and Berberis fruit …though many of the Berberis this year have fruited poorly due to our inclement spring weather.
|Malus and Berberis fruit H5|
Without fail every November I can rely on the Hellebore/Lenten Rose H5 flower buds to start poking through the soil but last November they were already in flower as you’ll see if you click on – Looking for long lasting winter colour? It’s certainly been a much colder autumn compared to last year.
|What’s in bloom in November – Corylus catkins and lenten rose buds appearing along with Bergenia|
While the Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ H5 (Harry Lauders Walking stick| Corkscrew hazel) catkin buds are starting to elongate. Though I never expected to see a couple of stems with buds starting to open on a Bergenia H4-5 in November!
The snapshots above were all hastily taken 14th November 2012 at sunset (4pm) though it was a dark and dreak late afternoon. Unlike the following which were taken on 11th November with a macro lens and 3 barrels of extension tubes on a tripod.
Did you ever realise that there was a white woolly coating on the Chinese Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii ‘Profusion’ berries?
These shrubs are much more cold tolerant than the Americana species. The berries are not as prolific this year in the garden as they need a hot summer to berry best. Profusion is the easiest to grow here in Scotland and it doesn’t need a pollinator to set berries …we just have to hope for a hot summer now and again.
|Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii ‘Profusion’ berries H4-5 / Beauty Bush|
and finally the Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’ is starting to unfurl it’s little ribbon like blooms.
|What’s in bloom in November – Hamamelis × intermedia ‘Jelena’|