Saturday, November 14, 2009

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, November 2009

Here in Toronto, there isn't much blooming; in fact, I was surprised to find as many blooms as I did. Interestingly, they're all volunteers except for the chrysanthemums.

[Photo: pink Antirrhinum majus.]Antirrhinum majus (snapdragon, muflier). I'm not sure where these snapdragons blew in from, since we didn't plant them last year either. I'm planning to let them self-sow.

[Photo: pink Chyrsanthemums.]Chrysanthemum sp. (chrysanthème). The mums aren't as pretty as they were last month, but they still have lasted a very long time.

[Photo: Erigeron annuus.]Erigeron annuus (daisy fleabane, vergerette annuelle). I was surprised to see daisy fleabane blooming at this time of year; it mostly blooms in early summer.

[Photo: pink Lobularia maritima.]Lobularia maritima (alyssum, alysse odorante). I love the way this alyssum volunteers in a crack in the driveway. I may deliberately sow some in cracks next year.

[Photo: purple Lobularia maritima.]Lobularia maritima (alyssum, alysse odorante). More alyssum. I must plant more of this next year, it has such a long blooming season, smells lovely, and pollinators love it! Stokes has some interesting colours you don't usually see in alyssums.

[Photo: Petunia.]Petunia. I can't believe this petunia is still blooming, it lost its leaves ages ago and looked so nearly dead my landlords dumped it out of its hanging basket. Here it is sitting in a clump of dried up soil in November, and it's still blooming.

[Photo: lavender Sutera cordata.]Sutera cordata (bacopa, sutera cordée). This was a pleasant surprise volunteer. I may plant some deliberately next year. It really needs to be started early indoors; this plant didn't bloom until autumn.

Check out what's blooming in gardens around the world this Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting!


  1. Mild fall weather sure seems to be bringing out lots of blooms! It's amazing the petunia is hanging in there in spite of being dumped! I love bacopa in hanging baskets - didn't realize it self-sowed like that. Alyssums are almost as good as perennials the way they sow themselves everywhere! Nice blooms Rosemary!

  2. I love the volunteer flowers! The Sweet Alyssum is still blooming for me, too, but I bet just as soon as I tried to get it to grown in cracks in the patio, it wouldn't.

    Thanks for joining in for bloom day!

  3. Beautiful pictures. November has been very kind to us this year. And the moms have really hung in there!

    Could they still be blooming in December?

  4. Hi Rosemary,
    Aren't volunteers fun?! I hope my pink snapdragons come back from seed next year. They bloomed all summer, because I deadheaded. I think I quit in time for some to go to seed, though. Your mums look like mine. I love your alyssum growing in the cracks, and of course the petunias for blooming in less than ideal conditions.

  5. I'm glad to see you found something in flower! Volunteers are the hardiest stock, no?

  6. Rosemary, Lobularia is a real hardy soldier -- one that smells so lovely, too. I wish it would self-sow in my garden (it used to in our previous gardens), but it stubbornly refuses here. Not enough sun, perhaps?

  7. C.mums and Petunias still in bloom, what lovely treasure to find on this GBBD, you are a lucky!

  8. I've been watching late flowers since 1981 and have found the daisy fleabane (Erigeron annuus) blooming in May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December, and one year in January. My November wild flower list is now up to 202 species so there are many flowers still in bloom if one looks carefully. Wish I knew the names of all the garden flowers I still see blooming on my walks.

  9. Your blog is just beautiful like thase pretty and pleasant flowers. I liked it and thanks for sharing.

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