Saturday, November 15, 2008

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - November 2008

As you can tell by this rain gauge this great November Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is a wet one for me. This is yesterdays and todays (so far) accumulation of rain. So I finally got tired of waiting to see if it would stop raining when it was convenient for me to get out to take pictures and I went with umbrella in one hand and camera in the other.

Not much blooming out here after two heavy frosts and all this rain and cool weather. The pussy willow bush is all confused. It is opening some of its catkins. It thought all this rain meant spring had arrived I guess. Poor little puss is gonna get cold. The wind is gusting like crazy so my photos are not so good. I do apologise

I didn't realize it was so dark in front of the house. I don't think the camera liked this angle. There are a few soggy mums by the front step still haning on. The berries of the holly are prettier than the blooms.

This is the last faded bloom of the year for the CLematis Ramona out front. It is so pale but was able to survive because it is on a tendril that sneaked out from under the Spriea bush. I was sort of glad to see this valient last effort from Ramona.

Happy Garden BLoggers Bloom Day to all. If you want to see more blooms from all over the globe go to Carols May Dreams Garden. Thanks to Carol for gathering us together like a gigantic bouquet for display.

28 comments:

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Go 'Ramona'! I've always like that Clematis. I tried to buy it once, but it ended up being 'Henryi.' Is that a bud on a Pussywillow?

Cheryl said...

Oh dear Lisa, you are having the weather we have had for the last two weeks or more.....today has been like a spring day....its all topsy turvy......I don't like these chaotic weather patterns.....

Glad you managed to find some blooms......my mums are all brown and beaten......

Gail said...

It was a dark and stormy day at Greenbow! I like the mum and berry picture...I bet it looked especially good before the winter rain and wind arrived!

Oh that rain...it is falling here along with the temps! My last Bloom Day Post unless I start photographing plastic flowers!

Keep warm and dry.

Gail

Nan Ondra said...

Lisa, I think you've earned this month's award for Most Dedicated GBBD-er. Good for you for braving the elements and finding some flowers to share on this dreary day.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Yes MrMcD. The Pussy Willow is so confused.

Winter is trying its best to move in here Cheryl. Just gotta hold on to your hat right now.

I am trying to keep dry Gail but it is a struggle.

Thanks Nan. You should thank Luna because I wouldn't have been all dressed for the elements if I hadn't taken her for a walk this morning. I have a confession to make. I like to walk in the rain when it isn't storming.

Darla said...

AW, what a trooper to brave the weather to post. We had over seven inches of rain here since yesterday, when I posted yesterday around lunch it was five and a half. GREAT photos.

Rose said...

This hasn't been the best weather for a Bloom Day post, has it, Lisa? That's a brave clematis, but I really like the budding pussy willow. It's no wonder the plants are all confused from the weather extremes we have had.

Just saw Gail's comment...tee hee; I may have to buy some plastic flowers for December's Bloom Day, too:)

tina said...

Lucky you to have rain, bad weather for GBBD or not. I love the rain (when it is warm). Your clematis is so nice.

Teri C said...

Holy Moley, that is a lot of rain and I didn't realize you already had frost. Soon you'll be showing us snow! Yikes!

Diana said...

Lisa -- I could take some of your rain off your hands. The plants are all confused everywhere -- my lemon tree is blooming. Poor little Pussywillow. I hope you get a break. That seems like enough rain!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

I think that 'Ramona' gets the award for the largest-sized perennial bloom left in zones 5 & 6! That's a beauty... I'll have to try it sometime, now that I have a fence.

Thanks for braving the rain and cold to get these photos, Lisa. :)

Roses and stuff said...

Rainy November here too. -I love your Ramona Clematis!
/Katarina

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Happy GBBD Lisa, albeit a very wet one for you. I'm glad I posted one day early because it was pretty wet here to on Saturday.

Poor Pussy Willow, perhaps a saucer of warm milk would help? ;-)

Good to see that you still had a few blooms, regardless of the bad weather. That Ramona is a winner!

Jayne said...

I know what you mean. I have a camelia with bloom buds on it now. Odd. We've had a lot of rain in the past two days too Lisa. We really needed it, but the wet and cold together is bone chilling.

Meems @HoeandShovel said...

Lisa, It's odd how nature can get confused with the erratic weather at times isn't it? Hopefully your pussywillow will right itself and still bloom later also. We are in a very dry spell lately --- I think you must be getting our portion, too. Those berries are beautiful and the mums are pretty paired with them.

Layanee said...

Wet and wild here this weekend also but at least you managed a post. I have been busy doing....house cleaning and laundry which never seems to end. Love Ramona. Mys sister had a cat named Ramona and she had 'attitude'.

Carol said...

Those holly berries are pretty and remind us how we will all soon be thinking about the holidays, if we aren't already.

YOU get a bravery reward for going out in that weather to take some pictures!

Thanks for joining in,
Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Annie in Austin said...

Another 'Ramona' fan here, Lisa - loved the way it bloomed in two of our IL gardens and now have one growing in container. It always reminds me of Ramona Quimby in the Beverly Cleary books. Your clematis blossom was as determined as you were to be part of Carol's big bouquet - what a great mental image that is!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Cicero Sings said...

It looks like you've had a goodly rain! We are getting rain here too but not near so much.

Northern Shade said...

The shot of your berries and mums together makes it look like your garden is still heavily coloured. Putting the late fall coloured plants together is a good idea.
I wonder if your pussy willow will bud again in the spring, or if this will diminish the spring show.

Thanks For 2 Day said...

Hi Lisa,
I love that clematis hanging on when most everything else has gone to sleep. Your rain gauge says a lot--no need for many words beyond that! We've had 2 frosts here so far, and rain yesterday, so most of my 'color' is on it's way out too.
Since you have so many beautiful photos, all you'll need to do this winter is review your blog for a pick-me-up! Take care, Jan

EAL said...

Your holly is great! I'll see if I can't pick up a Ramona--am going to try to train some clematis on my rose bushes next spring.

beckie said...

Lisa, I know the rain wasn't appreciated while trying to take picture, but I'm sure you are happy that you finally had a decent rain. those holly berries are enoughto put one into a Christmas frame of mind.

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Not much blooming in my yard this time of years. I was wondering what the shrub in the foreground of the one shot was. A holly?~~Dee

heirloomgardener said...

I can't believe you got a clematis post-frost! Good work.

Shady Gardener said...

My clematis quit blooming long ago! Is yours in a sheltered spot?? I'm finding it hard to believe we've passed the mid-point of November!!!
Hope you're enjoying pleasanter weather. :-)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Yes SG this clematis is in a sheltered spot. It is protected by the bush that hovers over it and it is by the brick front of the house giving it a little extra warmth.

Kylee said...

Wow! Look at all those berries on your holly! Mine has struggled for years. Something is not to its liking where I have it. I believe they're acid-loving and that might be the problem.

'Ramona' is looking mighty fine! Jenna has a purple 'Jackmanii' that has been blooming like crazy, but mine hasn't been. 'Niobe' usually has some late blooms for me, but not this year.