Here are some blooms that were still blooming till the end of November. It's incredible as being in zone 6 things usually die down by the end of October. I also managed to harvest the last eggplant on November 26 along with many tomatoes!!!
These were some of the many blooms in October. This is a first time in my garden that so many flowers were still blooming throughout the October. Many different kinds of bees are out until the end of October, and my garden was able to provide food for them.
- Territorial Seed Company: Golden Jubilee Anise Hyssop, Grosso Lavender, Violet Intrigue Lavender, Provence Lavender, Arp Rosemary, Irene Rosemary
- Monticello: Black Cohosh, Maltese Cross, Spiny Bear's Breeches
- Holland Bulb Farm: Blue Eddy Allium, Russel Hybrid Lupine, Mixed Gladiolus
- Breck's: Baby Joe Mist, Fire King Crocosmia, Fragrant Fire Hosta, Hosta Mixture (10 plants)
- Burpee: begonia picotee mix, Coreopsis Heaven's Gate, Gaura Rosy Jane, Veronica Charlotte, Sedum Forsterianum Oracle, Sedum Sunsparkler Lime, Sedum Sunsparkler Cherry Tart, Echinacea Sombrero Flamenco Orange, tea-plant
- Henry's Field: Red Penstemon, Great Blue Cardinal
- Gurney's: Russian Sage, Spiderwort Mix, Painted Daisy, Hansen's Bush Cherry, Tall Phlox Mix, Astilbe Mix, Hardy Carnation Mix, Helleborus Winter Thrillers
- Streambank Gardens: Bergenia Winter Glow, Lobelia Fan Salmon, Veronica Incana Silbersee, Lavender Phenomenal, Lobelia Siphilitica Great Blue, Knautia Macedonia Great Knight, Eupatorium Rugosm Chocolate, Agastache Raspberry Daiquiri, Agastache Apricot Sprite
- Tulip World: Autumn Joy Sedum
- Prairie Nursery: Smooth Penstemon, Sweet Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia Subtomentosa -- now this one is different from just Black Eyed Susan; Black Eyed Susans are biennial; they seems perennial because they re-seed themselves a lot; whereas this Rudbeckia is a perennial and as a matured plant, it will be like 4 feet tall and 4-5 feet wide), Cupplant, Queen of the Prairie, Royal Catchfly, Prairie Smoke
- Select Seeds: Heliotrope White, Night Phlox Midnight Candy, Tobacco Cranberry Isles, Sea Holly Big Blue, Primrose Cowslip, Cosmos Chocamocha, Verbena Blue Princess, Tansy Isla Gold
I've also planted three more different kinds of roses. The Floribunda Orchid Romance, one of the roses, has other-worldly fragrance -- cinnamon, spices, citrus, lavender -- all beautiful fragrance combined together in this one rose. I've also grown calendula and sweet-pea, from seeds, for the first time. Who knew sweet pea can have such beautiful fragrance and the flowers look so pretty and dainty. I harvested the calendula flowers, and used them in making salve and body oil. And, of course lots of sunflowers were planted that I grew from seeds. I love sunflowers. Also planted tuberose bulbs. Tuberose have beautiful fragrant; the white spikes of flowers look elegant. And the bulbs multiply fast. One bulb will produce at least 3-4 bigger bulbs and numerous smaller bulbs. The only problem is you need to dig out the bulbs in the winter. They will not survive the winter here. Also, I planted out 12 Russian Compfrey. The Russian Comfrey, unlike the other compfrey, will not become invasive. The leaves of the compfrey will be used to make fertilizer. And, I also bought tuberous grafted begonia. The flowers not only look beautiful but they also have similarly beautiful fragrance. And, the plant is perennial as long as you remember to bring it inside the house during winter.
- Blue Star Hyacinth, Aiolos Hyacinth, Andorra Fragrant Hyacinth, Gipsy Princess Hyacinth, Gipsy Queen Hyacinth, Splendid Cornelia Hyacinth, Pink Pearl Hyacinth, Yellow Queen Hyacinth, Mixed Checkered Lily Fritillaria, Persia Purple Fritillaria, Giant Mixed Crocus, Crocus Sativus (they have become my own source of saffron), King Alfred Daffodil, Spring Larkspur, Fire Cracker in the Sky Mixture, Winter Aconite, Woodstock Hyacinth, Mountain Bells Mixture, Carnegie Hyacinth (I hope you are getting the idea that I love hyacinths), quail daffodil, Chopin Crown Imperial, Blue Melody Camassia, Poppy Anemone Burgundy, Free Stargazer Lily, Red Dynasty Tulip and I hope that I've not missed any
Here are pictures of some of the many blooms of 2015. I have not put up pictures of all the blooms as there were just too many to choose from. Many of them were planted this year only. Their gorgeousness will be revealed in coming years, and I'm eagerly looking forward to them. I will put up more posts as they mature over the years. So, please stay tuned to that. I am now growing winter vegetables and enjoying this mild weather. Planning for 2016 will start as the Christmas vacation commences, and I can hardly wait. But it is the season of happiness and rejoicing, spending time with friends and families. I have not only been spending time quality with my friends from all over the world but also spending time thinking about the garden of 2015 -- all the fragrance that I smelled; beautiful blooms that I behold; and enjoyed watching all the critters, animals and birds that came in for food, nectar and nest materials. This is also the season of reflection and quite thoughts. I am joining the Seasonal Celebration hosted by Garden Eye's View and Nature Notes hosted by Rambling Woods.