Monday, November 10, 2008

A sunny Monday in Novembe--a.k.a. GBBD November 2008

It's not often that the sun comes out in Seattle in November.  Between last week's set of wind storms and this week's set of rain storms we are having one bright sunny day. Today is a day to rejoice. Tomorrow it's back to researching ark building. So given that the wenches are caught between downpours and a deluge, I hope that Carol over at May Dreams Garden will understand my posting so early this month for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. My camera is not waterproof!  

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On the hillside there were many surprises. The alpine campanula 'Get Mee' is beginning to bloom--again.

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We'd given up on the pineapple sage blooming this year. Guess it's just a late bloomer. It seems to be going strong.

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Strawflowers are so bright and cheery.

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Salvia 'Mystic Spires' has been a knock-out all summer long. The intensity of color is spectacular.

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Wing Nut had brought home several cyclamen and I finally got a chance to get them in the ground. This white one is intensely fragrant.

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The variegated wallflowers continue to bloom and their foliage pops during gray dreary days. 

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Other interesting leaf textures on the hillside include this variegated sage and euphorbia 'Blackbird'.

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Cyclamen leaves.

 

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In the shade garden color is to be found in the containers.  The doronicum is blooming again. This leopard's bane was the first thing to bloom back in mid March.

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This is Rieger begonia 'Karen'. Wing Nut is particularly fond of this one.

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Pericallis 'Senetti Blue' is still blooming. But we seem to have lost the licorice vine that was sharing its pot--they were both annuals from last year that survived the winter and bloomed again this summer.

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Pink and orange gazanias brighten the walkway to the patio.

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On the patio summer stalwarts are still filling the world with color. Coreopsis and blanket flowers provide sunshine when the sun is nowhere in sight.

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This geranium with its neon salmon flowers and variegated leaves is one of my favorites.

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The leaves of coleus 'Gay's Delight' contribute to the riot of colors on the patio.

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And in one corner of the potager the chard is a bright beacon. We started these from seeds. The tender young plants were a favorite of the slugs. But the plants did manage to recover and thrive.

--Curmudgeon

17 comments:

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

Lovely Bloom Day post - although I was worried for a moment and had to check the date (lol)
So much colour! Your Euphorbia Blackbird is doing so well.
K

Weed Whackin' Wenches said...

Hi K! Thanks. I was worried everything would be too bedraggled after all the wind and rain. That Blackbird is my favorite euphorbia.

A Cuban In London said...

I can actually smell the flowers :-)!

Beautiful post and lovely images.

Greetings from London.

Weed Whackin' Wenches said...

That cyclamen is amazing ACIL The white ones tend to be the most fragrant. The leaves of the pineapple sage are very aromatic.

GardenJoy4Me said...

Hello there you wenches !
Thank you for your note on my blog loss .. I appreciated it very much. I'm trying to get back to reality again here .. all the comments have been so supportive and kind .. hearing from you two was so nice .. thank you !

perennialgardener said...

You still have tons of gorgeous blooms in your garden! Mystic Spires was a new addition to my garden this spring & it has been a champion bloomer. I love the color of that Euphorbia & the variegated leaves of Cyclamen.

Dan said...

Beautiful Blooms, I can tell you are not in the North East like me. I found four blooms for GBBD in my mostly brown garden.

Rose said...

Such beautiful blooms for this post! You may have lots of rain, but apparently it is not as cold in Seattle as in the Midwest right now. I've seen the Salvia and cyclamen on several other posts this weekend; you have convinced me I really should plant both of them.

Weed Whackin' Wenches said...

You are most welcome gardenjoy.

Mystic Spires was new this year in our garden too perenialgardener. Definitely a keeper.

Greetings Dan. We are actually having a very nice stretch of sunny days here now in Nov. We range between 40s at night and 50s during the days most of Nov. & Dec.

Hi Rose. The cyclamen provide color when nothing else is in bloom. The ones we put in the garden were sold as houseplants. But they survived last winter outside.

VP said...

Cyclamen's one of my faves at this time of the year.

That Chard just shines right out of the plot at you doesn't it?

Annie in Austin said...

Cyclamen are fragrant? Always learn something new at GBBD!
It's a week later - hope some of these beauties are still blooming for you, WWWenches and I also love the glow of the chard.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Weed Whackin' Wenches said...

Greetings VP! Not only is the chard colorful but it's tasty too--just ask the slugs!

Hi Annie! The white cyclamen are the fragrant ones. I can't really smell the other colors. We're still holding in the 40s and 50s and have had sunshine for a couple of days.--very rare for Nov. here. But tomorrow it's back to rain and wind.

chuck b. said...

That chard is awesome. I need that red in my garden right about now.

Weed Whackin' Wenches said...

Hi Chuck. Today is a very gray and rainy day here in Seattle. Those red stems just pop in the midst of all the dreariness.

Kylee said...

You've got some beautiful things here, you two! And they're all so healthy looking, too!

Weed Whackin' Wenches said...

Thanks Kylee! The slugs never rest though. They are getting the best of the chard--again.

kd said...

Oh, wow!!! Cyclamen growing in the garden and not in a pot is a novel sight for me! (On the rare occasions I've had one in the house, it has turned droopy & brown in an instant, it seems...)

/krys