Monday, November 15, 2010

Warmed by autumn's fire - Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

The November blooms are the colors of warm winter fires - 
shades of red, orange and gold 
glowing in the low autumn light.
Blanket flower
Hot lips salvia
  Black-eyed Susans continue to bloom on the deck, next to the violas and mums.  The geranium is blooming as it did in May, cozy in the pot with the euphorbia.  

With the trees overhead glowing with the same colors of red and gold, 
 the world outside my door is transformed.
The dogwoods are still holding on to their ruby leaves, though the chestnut oaks
 and sassafras are in a hurry to shed theirs.
Even the spirea has put on a multi-hued coat.
Each phase of the life cycle has its own beauty and its own personality.  Spring is birth, excitement, energy, and fresh color.  Summer is like the teenager - rambunctious and growing rapidly, bright and even gaudy.  But fall - it's the season I relate to.  Winding down, reflective, comforting and beautiful in an entirely different way. 
Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.  Head on over to see what's blooming in gardens all over the world.


SeaBlush said...

Hi Ginny,
Thanks for visiting my blog! Your photos are beautiful :) I also wanted to let you know that I joined your blog hop a while ago and used my old url: which is now no longer in existence (it is also title blush and bees). I have added my new blog url to the list with the same title. Looking forward to future posts from you!

Elaine said...

You have so much in bloom right now - all so beautiful. I have been wanting to get some Hop Lips Salvia for the longest time and seeing your photo I am putting it at the top of my 'must have' for the garden list.

Mac_fromAustralia said...

Lovely pics. I like the coreopsis and the pots, especially the one with the red flowers.

Amy said...

Ginny you do have a lot of blooms. Blanketflower did not do very well in my garden over the hot, hot summer. I might have to try again in the spring. Carolina is so pretty in the fall!

Meredith said...

What a lovely post! I think I have that same coreopsis, although mine was already knocked into bloomlessness by the frosts. Your agastache is stunningly pretty. Fall is a warm and lovely season, and you've demonstrated it perfectly, Ginny. :)

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Hi Ginny. You still have so many pretty blooms this Fall. Just look at that Hot Lips Salvia. So pretty. Your flower container just screams fall. How pretty. Have a wonderful week.

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Southern Lady said...

I love your pictures! Fall is a beautiful time of the year. Carla

fer said...

Beautiful blooms! Love the geranium and the hot lips. happy blooming day!

donna said...

The hot lips salvia are HOT! Luv them.

I notice some Diamond Frost in one of your containers. It's one of my favorites plants when added to containers.

Your yard looks like a lovely place to be this time of year.


Rose said...

Such a beautiful post, Ginny! It's a treat to me to see all your blooms, since we have very few left in the cold Midwest. But I also enjoyed your commentary; I agree I like the fall more and more as I get older. I think I take more time this time of year just to stop and really notice the beauty all around me. Thanks for visiting me! said...

The images of your trees are just beautiful. Fall has blessed you this year. I liked your description of the seasons. Right on the mark. Happy belated Bloom Day, Ginny. I hope it was as good as a one for you as it was for your garden.

Carol said...

Hi Ginny, There is lots ablooming in your garden. I love you lovely wooded area too. Beautiful light in these photos. ;>)

debsgarden said...

Beautiful! i love the hot lips salvia! Autumn is a great time of year; I really like the light shining through the fall foliage.

Meredehuit ♥ said...

Such beautiful colors you have! My gardens are covered in a blanket of white today.