Is it summer yet? Know, I know, it's not even winter yet, technically. I haven't even had a hard frost in my garden. Yet I yearn for summer. I wish I were one of those people who gets all giddy at the idea of rain, and dark and being shut up inside the house. But I am not. I want summer, heat, and barefoot days. I know, I need to suck it up and be happy with the mild hand my garden has been dealt. Okay . . . okay . . . here's what's blooming here this November 15th—aka Garden Blogger's Bloomday. Abutilon Nuabyell
Abutilon megapotamicum 'Paisley'
Fatsia japonica 'Variegata' (Camouflage) represents all the Fatsia in my garden that are busting out their sputnik blooms about now (a pair of Fatsia japonica and a Fatsia polycarpa ‘Needhams Lace’).
And Mahonia x media 'Charity' does the same for the Mahonia blooming (several Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress', a Mahonia gracilipes, and a pair of Mahonia x media 'Marvel').
It's kind of crazy how tall the x media 'Charity' is now, I have to hold the camera over my head to even photograph the flowers on the shortest part of the plant.
The rosemary is ALWAYS BLOOMING!
The loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) is just getting started (I think I forgot I was taking a picture of the small white flowers and instead got sidetracked by the leaves).
This was a surprise. Years ago I had a good size patch of Sedum 'Autumn Joy' going under Clifford, the big leaf magnolia. I became bored with the sedum and ripped it all out to plant Epimedium wushanense and a cast of assorted ferns. One little straggler came up the next year and I pulled it out. The roots came with. You can't just toss a survivor like that in the yard waste bin, right? I tucked it into another part of the garden and forgot about it. Last week when I was picking up the blanket of fallen magnolia leaves I found this guy, blooming. Ha.
Anemone 'Honorine Jobert'
And this! Another surprise. Correa 'Ivory Bells', I picked this one up at the Pat Calvert Greenhouse, at the UW Arboretum Foundation last fall.
Finally, Passiflora 'Amethyst Jewel' has been putting out flowers still...yet none when I went to take my Bloomday photos. Instead you get closed blooms and yellow ginkgo leaves...
...and closed blooms and raindrops. Hey it's November, what do you want!?
Weather Diary, Nov 14: Hi 57 Low 43/ Precip 0
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