Wednesday, November 14, 2007

November 15th Garden Blogger's Bloom Day

Not much blooming here in zone 5 Chicago. For a couple of nights the temperature dropped below freezing then rebounded up to 60. Some wind,a little rain and lots of cloud cover all taking a toll. I love the look and feel of autumn.
For a diversity of autumn gardens visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens .

Mums for color and cheer.

A patch of Heliopsis still blooming though not as thick as in the summer sun. This flower will bloom until temperatures stay below freezing for awhile.

A scattering of gaillardia flowers and fuzzy seedheads forming.

A few self sown petunia blossoms dot the fallen leaves

The Hobbit hill stays mostly green with thyme and phlox subulata but has spots of color in ajuga foliage and wild geranium leaves.

A woodland edge habitat at the back fence along an alley.

A path hidden in summer emerges with leaf fall...


Blogger Carol said...

What would we do without mums in the midwest? But what amazes me is that you still have heliopsis blooming. Mine were all killed by the frost.

Thanks for posting for bloom day again!
Carol at May Dreams Gardens

15/11/07 4:08 AM  
Anonymous Nan Ondra said...

I'll bet your pollinators are very happy that you have so many daisies left so late. And those self-sown petunias are simply sweet. I enjoyed seeing your GBBD pictures--thanks!

15/11/07 8:33 AM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Chrysanthemums were always useful to me, too - and the daisy forms were my favorites. That one is especially nice, Gloria.

It might not be a flower, but your spruce is beautiful!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

15/11/07 9:17 AM  
Anonymous Pam/Digging said...

Your flowers are nice, Gloria, but I really like that woodland edge habitat. I bet you attract a lot of birds with that, and it gives you such great autumn color.

15/11/07 10:17 AM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

Beautiful fall colors. Enjoyed your post, thanks. And I loved reading about your compost class.

15/11/07 1:25 PM  
Blogger Lisa at Greenbow said...

You are lucky to have so many blooms being so far north Gloria. Your woodland habitat is great. Love those fall colors.

15/11/07 4:23 PM  
Blogger jodi said...

Wondefully cheery colours--and this is where those of us who love chrysanthemums get to go nah nah nah nah nah at those who don't (and who don't have anything colourful left at all....) but in a good hearted way, of course.

15/11/07 10:25 PM  
Blogger Gloria said...

Carol, now that several days of freezing temperatures have hit the heliopsis is finally stopped. Most leaves have fallen and it is very wintery looking around here.The back garden with its tall fence and many shrubs and trees is more protected than an open area.Fall lingers.

Nan, this year butterflies lingered much longer than usual and bees will always take advantage of a warm sunny afternoon. But all that is over now.It has been cold with attitude this past week.

Annie, don't you just love that bluish grey color of new growth on the spruce. I grow a few in pots keeping new ones growing on as old ones get to large. Some of the older houses in the neighborhood have old giant spruces housing many birds throughout the year.

Pam/digging, yes many birds are attracted to the garden year round.Seed eaters,berry pickers and insect hunters keep me eyeing the garden with the binoculars to see who is visiting each and every day.

Hello Bonnie, do you compost?

Lisa, the cold has finally taken most of the woodland. Only a sweetspire is still in leaf and colorful.Mostly because it is still low growing.

Jodi,you are so right! Any plant that blooms so colorfully so late is welcome in this garden.

26/11/07 2:18 PM  
Blogger Wild Flora said...

Love your garden pix, Gloria. I'm a big fan of fallen leaves, and it warms my heart to see them left on the ground where they belong!
Wild Flora

27/11/07 4:56 PM  
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