We are living on the edge here in this corner of Tidewater. There have been a couple of dips into the thirties, though no frosts or freezes yet. Slightly west and north it's a different story, but the Chesapeake and the Atlantic are still warm enough to lend us a few degrees. So what does waiting for winter to arrive mean to the garden? Some of the plants I have been enjoying this summer are more tropical than others, and these suffered during the recent cooler nights, others have already been pulled to make room for pansies, while the rest just hang on half heartedly blooming and should probably be put out of their misery. Other blooms are just starting to come into their own and are helping to ease my way into winter.
This was the first year that I planted Heavenly Blue Morning Glory (Ipomoea tricolor 'Heavenly Blue'), and I have had blooms here and there. However, it is now blooming heavily and covered in buds, even though the foliage is hideously disfigured. I can only hope the flowers will continue to open.
Some hangers-on from last month include Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha)...
... Bolero Chrysanthemum (Dendranthemum 'Bolero')...
... and my Toad Lily (Tricyrtis hirta), which has amazed me with its flower's longevity.
Appropriate for November is Ajania pacifica. For some reason, I have never liked this plant's common name (Silver and Gold Chrysanthemum), nor was I happy with its recent botanical name change from Chrysanthemum pacificum. I really appreciate this plant, not so much for the flowers, which I consider a bonus, but for its persistent foliage that asks for very little. This picture also shows the ferny foliage of Amsonia hubrichtii, one of the few perennials known for it fall color, which is why I planted it. The skim milk blue flowers are not my favorite.
My Arbutus (Arbutus unedo 'Compacta'),aka Strawberry Tree, is in full bloom now, and a little cold weather or even a freeze will not change that. The fruit from last year's flowers is ripening now as well.
We will end with the first floats in the Camellia parade (all of these are Camellia sasanqua). First up is Autumn Rocket.
I know that any day now winter could show its face, but until then I will enjoy what blooms I do have. If you would like to see what other gardeners are offering for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, then you need to stop by May Dreams Garden, where Carol hosts a garden party on the 15th of each month, no matter the weather.