In the middle of this garden is a patch of Homestead Purple Verbena, still valiantly producing a few dainty blooms (Click to enlarge photos for detail). I've grown this annual in our zone 5 garden for several years, and love the way it blooms continually until the really cold weather sets in. It also self-sows, which is an added bonus in the spring. The burgundy leaved Heuchera gives a nice contrasting color.
There's Reuben, faithful furry friend, keeping me company, as usual.
Also still bravely blooming is the white Alyssum, and a little further over, not in the picture, a few clumps of purple Alyssum still look good. That 'Sweet Alice' is one tough girl! She doesn't let the cold weather get her down. :)
While I was photographing the Verbena in yesterday's morning sunshine, I was amazed to see 3 busy little bees buzzing happily between the flowers.
The front gardens are devoid of flowers, except for......
...the trusty little Johnny Jump Ups....
Walking around to the other side of the house I found just one small pansy blooming. It was in the shade so I left it alone and took a photo of the Daisy garden instead, to show you what it looks like now. (Actually I didn't want to get down on my hands and knees in the wet grass). The Stewartstonian Azalea has beautiful fall coloring. I need to do some tidying here too.
Here's another one - Nuanza Copper Purple. I love this color! In the background is Biden.
Here's a closer shot of the Biden, which bloomed non-stop all summer. Also in this container, which has been one of my favorite combinations, is Alternanthera, a lovely, burgundy filler....
...and Nemesia, Rasberry Sachet, another plant I love dearly.
Here's a lovely Calibrachoa (Million Bells), still looking pretty.
I'm having a very hard time pulling these containers apart while some of the plants still look so good.
Here's Calibrachoa, Colorburst Deep Blue, next to the pinkish purple one shown above.
This lovely Abutilon lived on the front porch and bloomed all summer. It's back inside now, and still blooming!
The red Tuberous Begonia shows off its last couple of single flowers after producing gorgeous doubles all summer.
The Cyclamen has bloomed delightfully for most of the summer but now the leaves are beginning to yellow and the blooms are fading. I guess it needs a rest after all its hard work.
Marimba Ivy Geranium
Lambada Ivy G.
Pale pink Zonal Geranium
Taj Mahal Ivy G.
The garden may be looking drab outside, on this rainy mid-November day, but at least we'll have some blooms inside to keep us happy through the long, cold winter months ahead.
Happy Bloom Day everyone!
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