Monday, November 23, 2015


I've been waiting like, for-everrr for my Climbing Aster (Ampelaster carolinianus) to bloom. It's had buds for like, two months and now, finally one of those buds popped open. Here we go! Next spring I'm going to move the plant to a full-sun location and hope it will bloom earlier.

Ampelaster carolinianus

Other late-fall bloomers are this  Mexican Orange (Choisya ternata).
Choisya ternata
I'm happy to see this Hellebore is perking right up and fixing to bloom.
Helleborus foetidous 

Here it is with Nandina, Acanthus and ferns.
 I was happy to spot flowers on this small pot of Polygala!

Polygala chamaebuxus

Polygala chamaebuxus

A bit out of focus, but you get the idea.
 And then there are the diehards--the flowers still holding on despite the short, dark days of late fall and two light frosts.

Borage (Borago officinalis)

Stachys officinalis 'Pink Cotton Candy'

Stachys 'Lilac Falls'

Penstemon 'Enor'

And here are two of the several still-blooming Fuchsias. 

Fuchsia NOID

The last blossom on Fuchsia 'Flash'

And finally, two wide shots of the garden to illustrate how messy everything is.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!