I admit I was a bit envious when I looked at Country Mouse's Garden Blogger's Bloom Day post this morning. I mean, manzanita before Thanksgiving? What's the world coming to!
But then I took a stroll around the garden, and things were not as bleak as I thought they were, even down here in the suburbs. The California fuchsia is clearly struggling, it did not like the early rains, but a few blossoms are still available for hungry hummingbirds.
Chrysopsis villosa) has been blooming non-stop since spring.
And the goldenrod plant that ended up in part shade delayed its blooms but is still going strong (in the background, our blue Nissan Leaf, the most fun car ever!).
Eriogonum arborescens is slowly fading to brown, but even that looks good on this plant.
But most of the blooming action is happening in the back this month. We have a Japanese Camelia, its delicate blossoms lighting up the shade.
And the Eriogonum river is still looking good and attracting pollinators.
Here's a close-up.
And Salvia spatacea (hummingbird sage) has also put out a few last blossoms.
While yarrow 'Paprika' shows an attractive combination of spent and new flower heads.
The Australian fuchsia (Correa) is again happily confused and blooming. I can't help but be impressed by this plant which survives afternoon sun all summer and then bursts forth with blooms in November.
The non-native sage tricked me into postponing a planned heavy pruning by putting out quite a few beautiful blossoms. Well, I can wait.
Same with the rosemary, which still has bees visiting on sunny days, so I don't have the heart to prune it back just yet.
Also blooming just a bit are Salvia clevlandii 'Alan Chickering', my wooly blue curl, and Eriogonum fasciculatum. Not bad, considering the cold nights and short days.
And now, I'll head over to Carol at May Dreams Gardens to see what's blooming everywhere else. Or maybe I'll have dinner first.