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November Garden Blooms, Fruits, and Fun
The November garden is so beautiful, with a surprising number of flowers still blooming and fruits for harvesting before the snow flies! Gotta love these sunny November days!
From our 2018 November Garden:
So many flowers! Also fruits: Autumn olives, a few blackberries, lingonberries, mahonia / Oregon grape, a few native huckleberries, American highbush cranberries, barberries, the unusual strawberry tree berry (Arbetus unedo) … as well as nuts, such as hazels and acorns (which I forage nearby). The photos here are mostly flowers, but let’s not forget the roots: dandelion, burdock, mallow, madder, mashua, oca, and so many more. The summer annuals are fading fast, but perennials really shine at this time of year. I love November.
Common Wild Mallow, Malva sylvestris
Potato Vine - Solanum spp
Pineapple Sage - another hummingbird favorite in November when there is not a lot available.
Brassica flower - probably kale. I always let a few flower.
Udo (Aralia cordata), Japanese Spikenard
Fuschia, a hummingbird favorite
Costmary, Tanacetum balsamita
Nasturtium - blooming in November at Barbolian Fields
Mashua: Troepaeolum tuberosum - blooming in November - hummingbirds love this!
Bindweed / Morning Glory (ugh! it never goes away!)
Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
Borage (Borago officinalis)
Strawberry Tree flower (Arbutus unedo)
Mashua: Troepaeolum tuberosum - a plant from the Andes. Hummingbirds love this!
Dahlia - so many varieties! A fall-blooming flower.
From our 2017 November Garden:
Autumn in All its Glory!
More Garden Fun:
From our 2013 November Garden:
The temperatures are dipping into the 20s, and yet… such miracles!
Wasabi Arugula, Mignonette, Mashua Root Blossoms
Mashua Root blossoms, Broccoli Raab, Calendula
Feverfew, Echinacea center, Echinacea stalks & blooms
Hollyhock buds, Hollyhock blossom, Borage bud
Borage blossom, Phacelia, Potentilla
Wild Geranium, Strawberry Tree, White-flowered “weed” (can someone tell me what this is?)
What I learned:
A LOT of things can still bloom in November, although I must say, the Mashua Roots took a hit when the temps dipped to 25.
Some flowers, like the Phacelia, can bloom, go to seed, germinate, and bloom again before the season’s end.
Calendula will keep on blooming and blooming and blooming – but it helps to deadhead the blossoms so it doesn’t fully go to seed.
Borage, too, is a perpetual bloomer and very loved by the bees.
Some plants, such as the Mignonette, which I have planted right outside one of the beehives, benefit from being cut back. In this case, I collected the seeds before they shattered – and then the plant up and bloomed again! Double bonus!