Except for a few quick vases I haven’t posted much the past several months. Suddenly it is November. Autumn has been dry and mild. Camellias are on center stage with Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’ providing the finest display of its 20 years or so.
The camellia faces the street and sits between the corner of our house and the neighbor’s driveway. Further down the row is red C. ‘Yuletide’ just starting to flower, and a row of gardenias. Usually by now cold would have damaged the open flowers, although the buds would continue to open. This year with no frost yet most of the flowers that have opened are still looking pristine.
Two very different passalong chrysanthemums are blooming well also this year.
I’m always delighted to see flowers but irises in fall feel rather out of place. This yellow one has flowered for over a week. A purple one opened even earlier and there are a few more stalks with buds.
Perhaps I will get around to writing a review of butterflies in the garden this summer. There were not many compared to last year but a highlight for the past month were daily sightings of Cloudless Sulphurs.
Sunday we’ll be returning to Eastern Time here in North Carolina. Have a happy weekend!
Oh, I wish I could grow Camellias! Seeing yours makes me very happy; thanks for sharing. We’re having a very mild autumn so far, too. I’m afraid things are about to change…
Thanks so much Beth. Enjoy your mild fall while you can. I’m looking ahead to spring as quickly as possible.
That’s a wonderful November display, Susie. I love that Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’. If planting Camellias here wasn’t equivalent to issuing the plant a death sentence, I’d definitely add it to my garden. I inherited a grouping of noID Camellia sasanqua with my garden, all the same mid-tone pink. Their survival is most likely due to the fact they were well-established when we moved it.
Kris, I can relate. I was able to get these two camellias to grow, but since then have planted many others and none has survived. Have a good weekend.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’ is very pretty.
Thanks Susan. It’s having a moment this year.
Wonderful, Happy November, frost soon! I love Camellias and the Pink Daisy Mums, they remind me of home. I rescued a newborn Gulf Frit this morning, he or she was struggling to get wings dry and straight and I put him out of lizards reach and he got it together and flew away, yay!
Oh I love your Gulf Frit rescue story. Happy November.
Thanks, I let the larval host plant, a native Passionfruit vine ramble through some shrubs in the front and have bountiful butterflies.
Gosh, that camellia is stunning!
Thanks Eliza. The camellia is really having a moment.
Those camellias are astonishing Susie and I am pleased the mild temperatures have allowed you the experience of such pristine flowers.. My small Yuletide is still alive, although I had forgotten about it during our hot summer and it has suffered a little, so I will not be expecting its first blooms to be in the upcoming season! The white ginger lily is pretty – have you used that as a cut flower before?
Hope your Yuletide surprises you with flowers this year. I did use the ginger lily at least once. They don’t last well in or out of a vase–the flowers are fleeting.
That’s a shame
Glorious flowers and photos. Thank you for sharing because although our temps are unseasonably warm this weekend, there is not anything blooming.
Glad to share the flowers with you Judy. It’s nice to have the mild weather.
Your camellias are looking great. Mine have been opening one flower at a time, so not much of a display.
Thanks Judy. Oh, well–enjoy each one. Have a good week.
As always, your Camellias are looking lovely Susie! The pale pink one is amazing – so many flowers on one shrub! It’s interesting to see how well the Chrysanthemums do in your garden… they have spread well under that tree. They tend to struggle here. I also found your remark about the irises interesting, as I was considering adding one or two that will flower in late autumn again. But I think you are right… irises in autumn don’t feel right! They look lovely of course, but don’t seem to fit in with the other plants flowering at that time. Have a good Sunday – we changed our clocks last weekend and I have only just got used to it!
Thanks Cathy! The pink camellia has a lovely fragrance. It’s very mild here and we sat out on our front porch this afternoon and the flowers smelled delightful. You might really enjoy the reblooming irises–they’re definitely a surprise this time of year. Glad you made the adjustment to the time change! It wasn’t noticeable to me this morning that I had an extra hour of sleep! I saw an article describing a woman’s approach. She doesn’t change the clock right away on Sunday. She waits until she’s reading, having coffee, taking a walk, etc, something she really enjoys. Then she changes the clock back to give herself more time for something pleasant.
That is a nice idea. I think having a dog makes it harder to adapt to the time change… it’s not easy to tell a dog to sleep longer and that dinner will be an hour later than usual! LOL! We have gradually adjusted over the week though. Hope you can adjust quickly too. 😃