November 16, 2010

Bloom Day - Nov. 2010

Technical difficulties with Flickr made this post a day late, but it's worth wait...

Last month, I had too many flowers to pick from for my Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day post. This month, I had to look more carefully for flowers.

Shimp plant is one of my few stars this month. All three of my plants froze to the ground last year, and they have taken almost 10 months to regrow and bloom.

The flowers stay on the plants for a long time, which is nice since the plants themselves aren't as full as I'd hoped. If we don't have a record freeze this year, maybe the plants will grow more stems during the spring instead of having to start from the roots.

Pigeon Berry
Piegon berry is growing near the shrimp plant in dry part-shade. Normally, its leaves are green, but recently they've turned shades of pink. This is its peak display of the year.

In the backyard, one of my Archduke Charles rose bushes is blooming like mad. The other is giving a more sporatic show.

My last strong bloomer this month is sweet olive. If I hadn't been looking for blooms to show you for GBBD, I would have missed these. Each plant had lots of tiny flowers but apparently not enough to create the hallmark strong apricot scent that you can smell from a distance. I couldn't smell anything until I got very close.

March 2009
Nandina, Sweet Olive, Sweet Olive - March 2009
If you're thinking about buying sweet olives, here's my tip. Spend the extra money for the big plants. I planted one gallon pots in March 2009, and today - 20 months later- despite good care, the plants aren't much taller than when I started.

November 2010
Rose, Sweet Olive, Nandina, Sweet Olive, Sweet Olive, Bailey - November 2010
Someday, when the plants are tall and full, I hope that I can open my back door and windows and enjoy the fragrance. That was my plan when I planted four of them along the foundation, but... at this rate it will be another five years before they even reach the window ledge.

My mini joy sedums are displaying almost a whole life cycle at once: immature buds, full buds, youthful flowers, aging flowers and seed heads.

A few "wanna be flowers" are looking great right now.
Fig Fruit
Nandina Berries
Nandina Berries

I also have a few plants for whom blooms are the exception right now rather than the rule.
Lopsided coneflower
Moonbeam Coreopsis
Garlic Chives (I love the tangled straps in the background)
Salvia Greggii
Lonely lantana bloom
Battered aster
Solitary black and blue salvia flower
Turk's Cap
Finally, to make up for the color that I know is on the way out, I rescued a some cool season annuals from the "death racks" at Lowes. In exchange for some TLC, they should provide bright spots throughout the winter.
Petunia and Sweet Alyssum


  1. Lovely photos. Interesting to see the shrimp plant close up, and what a lovely colour. I also like that really bright dianthus.

  2. wow! I love your bloom photos. You have great diversity in your garden. Where did you get your sweet olives? I saw some for sale at the farmer's market recently, but they looked taller and skinnier- maybe a different variety?

  3. Can't wait to see all your plants in person tomorrow! :)

  4. MD, from what I understand the sweet olives should be a somewhat tall and skinny shrub but mine must be incredibly slow growers. They get hot afternoon sun and I've heard that they would prefer a little bit of relief from the hottest part of the day so maybe that's my problem. I bought them from Rainbow Gardens on Bandera. I think they were about $7 a plant for the 1-gallon or $35 for the 5-gallon. Usually when I opt for the little plant, it catches up to the big one soon enough, but not this time :(

  5. Legal, I'm looking forward to showing you my yard too. I'm curious to hear whether it's what you expected based on my blog.