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Sunday, November 15, 2009

November Die-Hards. GBBD

There are definitely some die-hards in November gardens. On the picture below is my Terrace Garden. Yellow, purple and white dahlias are not quitting yet. My Russian Sage finished blooming but pale purple stems add color to the garden too.


All dahlias showed an outstanding performance that lasted almost four months.


Hydrangea is another proven bloomer. Two pictures below are of the flowers from the same bush. It was a treat to see a range of color on this Endless Summer plant. I think it thanked me for amending the soil around it with good compost. Several previous years, when the soil wasn't improved, the flowers were pale blue.



The plant below grows in the pot and gives an absolutely different color.



I find the next picture pretty interesting. Summer meets autumn. Daisies and green Pacysandra say "Summer", but Japanese maple and Sedum Autumn Joy are certainly in disagreement with them.


Clematis Dr. Ruppel gave me several last blooms which are bright but lack white trim that is visible on the spent flower.


Garden mums are cheerful and bright, but I noticed that their flowers are not as full as they used to be. Is it a result of constant pinching? I am sure the blooms would be larger and fuller (but not as abundant) if I didn't pinch the plants twice each summer.


At last, but not least, the bloom of Aralia japonica. Unlike the rest of the plants, it started to bloom only in November. This is just the beginning. I know that more beautiful cream puffs are coming.


Fuchsias, campanula and even several pinks, not shown here, are also blooming.
It's an interesting time around here. The last perennial blooms are beautiful, but trees with their crazily bright autumn foliage are wonderful as well. Just look at this:

This is one of the yards in our neighborhood

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49 comments:

  1. Боже! У меня даже сердечко учащённо забилось, как я блог открыл - шёл в другую темку по ссылке, а попал в твою осень! Есть этому одно слово - КРАСОТА! И к нему ещё одно можно прибавить - НЕОБЫКНОВЕННАЯ! Потому что от обыкновенной сердечко не заходится:-) Спасибо!

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  2. Wow, what difference climate makes. My dahlia long-since were killed by frost. Lovely photos.

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  3. Your yard still has so much color. Here it is a bland brown everywhere and the only leaves are swirling on the ground. Enjoy it while it lasts! Your photos are beautiful as always. I just love those blue hydrangeas!

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  4. You really have a lot still going strong. Very nice. I've been meaning to ask you about your Double Otto Fuchsia that bloomed so long last year. Mine never bloomed this year - didn't hardly grow and it's in the same place it was before. Today is the first time I've been on in a while - trying to not relapse again (got well then got pnemonia).

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  5. Awesome color! You are right about summer meeting fall with the daisies and sedum. Looks great there. That rock wall is most lovely.

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  6. Love those hydrangeas and cheery yellow mums Tatyana! I enjoyed the contrast between fall color and summer bloomers still going strong.

    Happy Bloom Day!

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  7. The darker blooms of the Endless Summer looks so pretty against the leaves that are turning. I have loved looking at the pictures of your dahlias this summer and fall. Do you have to dig yours up every fall?

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  8. Your garden is still a knock out this time of year! The hydreangeas and that jap. maple are gorgeous!

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  9. Tatyana,
    The a. japonica is fascinating! Thanks for showing how lovely your garden STILL is!
    Rosey

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  10. Wow! Beautiful photos. I'm just nuts about Hydrangeas but I can't get a blue bloom out of my alkaline soils.

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  11. Hi Tatyana~~ I am totally jealous of the deep purple mopheads of your hydrangea. Last year I was obsessed with finding a hydrangea with deep red fall blooms. I found it in 'Glowing Embers' and 'Preziosa.' Now I want purple. I didn't search very hard this summer though and I don't have the room anyway... Even the foliage is deep purple!!

    You are so right about the dahlias. They just don't want to quit. Your yellow blossoms with the Russian sage and the burning bush in the foreground--lovely.

    The good doctor is looking fabulous. I don't have this clematis among my glutinous collection. It's a real stunner!

    The biggest problem, as I'm sure you know, is that if you don't pinch the mums, they flop. The flowers might be bigger but what's the point if the stem can't support it? [Rhetorical question.] I love how you've pinched yours and how they're all looking in the same direction. Beautiful.

    Love the Aralia foliage too.

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  12. Thank you Monica, Teresa, Linda, Tina, Linda(Chicago), Lona, Michelle, Camille and Kate! Our soil is acidic, that is not perfect for many plants but great for those blue hydrangea blooms.
    Lona, this is my 2nd year with dahlias. I left the tubers in the ground last year, and several of them got rotten (it was very wet winter). This year, I'll dig out several tubers which are in low/wet parts of the garden, but leave the rest of them to overwinter in the garden.
    Linda, Mr.Double Otto is blooming like crazy! Both plants are in pots.
    Вольдемар, совсем редко стали мы видеться. Я периодически бегаю на твою страничку, но - увы!- похоже, ты ушел в подполье. Или осень не твоя пора? Или творишь иглой? За комментарии сердечное спасибо. Да, красиво вокруг. Последнее фото - я проезжаю мимо того дома и так благодарна, что они не убирают пока эти листья. Не теряйся!

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  13. Tatyana,
    Beautiful blooms -it's so nice and pretty there still!
    I love hydrangeas -yours are so pretty.
    vickie

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  14. Still lots to see and do at your place. Great post and photos.

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  15. Для самого удивительно, обычно, осень - как раз моя пора, тем более ноябрь, когда на улицу уже не очень хочется выходить - в саду всё уже убрано, погода не благоприятствует длительным прогулкам, хочется уткнуться в креслице или у монитора посидеть. А вот не получается нынче - как-то навалилось всего разного и на работе, и по домашнему хозяйству - всё хлопочу:-) Так что для инета я, действительно, сейчас в подполье :-) Но к тебе заглядываю непременно! За вдохновением и светом - оттого потеряться я не могу:-) Ну, а мой блог пусть немного от меня отдохнёт. Я тут ещё один инетовский проектик готовлю, но о нём расскажу, когда всё будет готово, чтобы не оказаться обманщиком :-)
    Наши листопады давно отшуршали, как-то нынче очень быстро пролетело это яркое время, ветрено было в начале октября - за несколько дней всю листву унесло, не успел сполна насладиться. Ну, вот у тебя пошуршу и полюбуюсь!

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  16. You have a stunning fall garden! It's beautiful!

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  17. Great title for your post today! That is exactly the way I feel about anything still blooming in my garden right now. Interesting that your hydrangeas were blue before you amended the soil--I have to amend mine to get them to turn blue:) Your garden is so lovely and still so full of color, but my favorite photo has to be the last one--there's nothing that can compare with beautiful autumn foliage. Happy Bloom Day!

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  18. You've still got plenty of colour in your garden, it's looking lovely. My mission for next year is to find more plants to give some additional colour at this time of the year. There is an award for you on my blog, I hope you will accept it.

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  19. Beautiful November die-hards, Tatyana (especially in love with your hydrangeas)!

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  20. Tatyana, your blooms are wonderful. I do like all the different color of hydrangea blooms.
    That tree photo at the end is amazing. The colors looks artificial....wow!
    Looking forward to the blooming of the Arailia.

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  21. I am madly in love with your hydrangeas! They are so pretty. I plan to plant some for myself this spring. Your garden is looking lovely which is really something considering all the rain we have been having.

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  22. We've got quite a bit of the same blooming. Dahlias just don't want to quit. I love the color of yours. My Endless Summer blooms are light blue changing to dark pinkish. I love how purple yours got. Great pictures :)

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  23. Beatiful, I love the nodding Dahlia & the daisies with Japanese Maple. Your fall color is still beautiful!

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  24. Your terrace garden is gorgeous. Is that a Euonymous on the right? You've convinced me that I must try 'Endless Summer'. That purple color is outstanding, and maybe I can mimic those conditions in my yard and get that same purple. I love your Clematis and yellow mum too. Beautiful post!

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  25. Thank you Grace, Vickie, Nell Jean, Robin, Rose, Jo, Joey, Janet, LeSan, Catherine, Susie, Sweetbay! I am not sure why that hydrangea got this beautiful color. It was purple last year too, but not as rich and intense purple as now. Could it be the age of the plant? temperature? The only thing that I can tell for sure is that I fertilised it more than previously and added some compost.
    Janet, the color of that tree may change from computer to computer, I think.
    LeSan, hydrangeas should grow well in your garden, since our conditions are similar.
    Sweet Bay, it's a Butning Bush.

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  26. Your hydrangea pics are just stunning but it's the final photo of the Japanese Maple (I think that's what it is, right?) that takes the cake! Thanks for the garden tour....

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  27. Another beautiflly epic post! Super gorgeous shots...very beautiful..and inspiring.. the way you capture the beauty of nature...something I truly appreciate!

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  28. What gorgeous late bloomers you have Tatyana! Your garden is so lovely in November no less! I have to favor the clematis, Aralia japonica and your Japanese maple... all stunning! Wonderful photos too. Yes and your hydrangea is beautiful as well... Inspiring post. Carol

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  29. Your hydrangea is incredible! I'm going to try that next. I adore it. I have the delicate starburst hydrangea, which is white. But I want the old-fashioned kind. Especially after seeing yours!

    This will say Glimmer, which is my other blog, but I'm also My Secretive Gardener too.

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  30. Loved that Clematis!! Beautiful pictures!

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  31. Hello Tatyana,

    Your garden is always a colorful feast for my eyes. My favorite plant that I cannot grow here in the desert is Hydrangea. So, I will sit back and enjoy yours :)

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  32. Fun to stop by an see what's still blooming! Clematis...fantastic.

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  33. I have to agree with everybody else and say how pretty your garden still is Tatyana. Love your terrace garden and agree with Tina that the rock wall really sets it off. The photo of the white dahlia is wonderful ~ I like the side-to angle instead of front on ~ it's beautiful. I am ever so jealous that you still have a clematis blooming too! Maybe I should try growing a hydrangea in a container?? I never thought to do that before but it could work for me too. Hmmmm....

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  34. ОЙ, Танюша спасибо тебе за такую красоту!!!!У вас не осень просто а чудо какое-то) У нас уже снег лежит и преиодически подтаевает, все серое вокруг...

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  35. Hi Tatyana,
    You have a very beautiful and very well tended garden there. I specifically love the autumn leaves, you said is you neighbor's, because we dont have 4 seasons in the tropics. We envy the beautiful colors of your autumn. I saw your blog through Autumn Belle's site. Your photos are also fabulous, i really love them. I have some bits about your Hydrangeas: they are called pH plants because they change color depending on the pH of the soil. By the way, pH is the measure of acidity or alkalinity. That means when soil is sour (pH is low 1-7) hydrangea flowers turn reddish, while at higher pH or alkaline, colors become bluish. Isn't it a great flower!

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  36. Tatyana - I do like the longer view of the garden in the top image - wonderful texture and colour.

    What a glorious colour your clematis Dr. Ruppel is.
    K

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  37. Tatyana, A lovely bouquet you've presented us for blooms day. I agree that pinching gives us more abundant, though smaller, flowers. If you prefer larger blooms, you can always try using a network of interlaced twigs as supports to help reduce the floppiness. It's prettier than staking.

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  38. How nice to see such pretty blooms still! Your hydrangea and dahlia are good performers for sure!

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  39. Привет Татьяна какой фантастический парад цветов, ваш сад такой красивый.

    Great post for this November GBBD

    Happy gardening/ Tyra

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  40. Wonderful group of pictures, you're so lucky to still have so much going on in your garden. Your hydrangea is stunning, I've been debating about endless summer for some time, I am crazy about the blue blooms, but our soil is very alkaline so without major ammendment it will be pink (not that there's anything wrong with that). Maybe I'll try it next year, and see what happens.

    Your autumn joy is lovely, at first glance I thought it was a hydrangea too. Mine fell victim to an early snow just as it was blooming well.

    Terrific post! :)

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  41. The last picture is the most beautiful. I love your hydrangeas too.

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  42. I can't believe you are still enjoying such beautiful blooms/plants around you! Ours are now covered in snow and we are freezing--in the 30's and at night, in the 20's! I just LOVED your Clematis Dr. Ruppel! Very beautiful indeed!

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  43. Wow, there's a lot happening in your garden! I love the yellow dahlias and the changing hydrangea leaves are gorgeous!

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  44. Tatyana some lovely outstanding photos with lots of interest.

    My Dahlias flowered too for such a long time well worth planting.

    Dr Ruppel looks lovely twined aroung the nice fence.

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  45. Oh Tatyana, that Japanese maple in the final shot made my heart nearly stop, it is so beautiful! The leaves on the ground below, the trunk shape, everything about it. Your garden looks divine, very well planted, and the colors on that hydrangea, the dark blue are like nothing I have ever seen. Superb, as usual. :-)
    Frances

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  46. Hi Tatyana

    I think you may have made the soil more alkaline for the hydrangea to change colour.

    That Japanese maple is stunning.

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  47. Your bloom day posts are always exceptional. Thank you for another beautiful GBBD from your garden.

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  48. I love your Japanese maple and the other bright sunny tree with colored leaves shining. Lovely post!!

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  49. I had never seen the aralia japonica bloom, very interesting!
    I love the little plants that give their all in the last warming days of autumn, either tropical or desperately going for one more round of seed before deep freeze- brave lil guys, thank you for these pictures!

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