Friday, November 15, 2019

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up November 2019: The Beauty of Autumn

November 2019 Garden
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."~Albert Camus
Welcome!
I love the above quote, try to live by its words, and do my best to appreciate the beauty of the garden in every season. It's time for another Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and Foliage Follow-Up. While few blooms are hanging on and most becoming scarce, foliage takes center stage at this time of year. Come along and take in all the colors of fall with some lingering blooms. Welcome to my November Long Island garden!
Perennial Border West Side
The month of November started off with normal enough temperatures in the mid-50's, but took a turn in the past week as the daytime temperatures dropped into the 40's with a downward plummet to 22 degrees Fahrenheit just a few nights ago. The garden has transitioned into an array of autumn colors, starting off in the perennial border, with hues of golds and oranges complementing the soft white foliage of Lamb's Ear and contrasting against the bronzed foliage of Astilbe.
Back Patio Walkway
While some Hosta are completely done for the season, others are turning to shades of yellow and brown, and coneflowers are displaying the last of their seed heads. The evergreens along the walkway will keep the garden going during the winter.
Autumn Pollinator
In a planter by the back patio, this bumble bee is cherishing the nectar of a remaining bloom. Autumn does have its moments! 
Another Patio Garden View
Here is another view of the patio garden from the opposite direction headed north...
Perennial Border East Side
and a glance at the perennial border from another perspective. In this view you can see evergreen 'Blue Star' Juniper in the foreground.
Garden Whimsy
This statue of a young girl and her kitten will be visible right from the patio window throughout the colder months as I dream of spring. Sometimes I'll just sit and gaze upon her and allow my mind to wander.
Fall Leaves
As we move along, here is a single leaf sitting in a birdbath. Sometimes something as simple as a faded autumn leaf can become a part of nature's artwork. 
Coral Bark Maple Autumn Foliage
Here is Coral Bark Maple (Acer palmatum Sango-Kaku) in the driveway border garden. It is spectacular at this time of year with its vivid foliage. Once the tree defoliates and freezing temperatures set in, the bark of the tree will turn a bright coral-red; hence, the name. Coral Bark Japanese Maple is hardy in USDA zones 5-9 and grows to approximately 15-25 feet in height, staying pretty compact.
Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar Southeastern Driveway Garden
Come closer for another view with Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar in the foreground. This capture actually made it as the "Photo of the Day" for Fine Gardening Magazine!
Southwestern Driveway Garden
In the southwestern driveway garden is Weeping Norway Spruce with the changing foliage of Spirea 'Magic Carpet'. Structure becomes more prominent at this time of year.
Hellebores Getting Ready!
In the back garden bed, Hellebores have pushed out some new foliage during the warmer days, preparing for their bloom time in winter. I will look forward to their blooms, which should be sometime in February or March. Having discovered Hellebores back a few years ago, they give so much to look forward to in the midst of the colder months.
Sedum Thundercloud Autumn
Around by the pool garden are Sedum 'Thundercloud'. New this summer, their interesting spiky foliage is just as amazing as the blooms. The blooms are now dried but the greenery is still hanging on!
Rose Hips Knock Out Rose
Knock Out 'Radrazz' has produced some interesting looking rose hips...
Knock Out Rose 'Radrazz'
and aren't ready to give up blooming just yet! They just keep on going!
Rosemary
To my astonishment, Rosemary in the herb garden pushed out these lovely blooms just recently. As you can see they are still looking good even after the frost...
'Stella D Oro' Daylily bud in November!
and there are buds on the Stella D Oro Daylily in mid-November. I'm not sure if anything will come of it, but it sure is a nice surprise!
Zygo Cactus (Schlumbergera truncata)
As the temperatures decline outside, Zygo Cactus, otherwise known as Thanksgiving cactus or false Christmas cactus is blooming in the indoor garden. Through the south facing window, you can get another glance of the driveway garden.
Mill Pond
Autumn wouldn't be the same without a trip to Mill Pond to observe the autumn foliage. These views are from the end of October, but I had to share when the color was at its peak. See...there are advantages to a virtual garden tour!
Mill Pond
Here is another look at the pond from the eastern side. I can never get enough of this view.
Back to the Garden-Stroll Down Front Walkway
Now we're back to the garden to take in just another glimpse at the Coral Bark Maple in all its glory. With much colder temperatures on their way, and the first wintry mix and freezing nighttime temperatures just a few days ago, I am enjoying the changing seasons and all that the garden has to offer. Thank you for coming along and happy autumn!
Thank you for Visiting!
Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoyed your tour of my November garden! Special thanks go out to our hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens, who makes it possible to see blooms on the 15th of every month with her meme Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Also, special thanks to Pam Penick at Digging who has hosted Foliage Follow-Up for all these years, a meme I will still continue to honor. I am also linking with some other wonderful hosts and hostesses at Floral Friday Fotos, Macro Monday 2, Mosaic Monday at Letting Go of the Bay Leaf, Nature Notes at Rambling WoodsDishing It & Digging It on Sunday with Angie the Freckled RoseImage-in-ing weekly photo share every Tuesday with NC Sue and Gardens Galore Link Up Party every other Monday with Everyday Living. I am also happy to join the Homestead Blog Hop  and Weekly Photo Link-Up at My Corner of the World on Wednesdays.

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Author: Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening,© Copyright 2010-2019. All rights reserved.

26 comments:

  1. Lovely garden. We are in northern Massachsetts so we don't have quite as long a season as yours.

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    1. Thank you Penny. The cooler temperatures have really set in now and the leaves are falling like crazy, though it’s still nice to see some blooms still hanging on! Happy autumn!

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  2. Beautiful Autumn colors!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

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    1. Thank you Lea! I enjoyed your Oxalis photo and it’s great that you got it before the frost. It’s getting colder here as well rather quickly! Happy Bloom Day!

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  3. You have a Beautiful garden, Autumn is a splendid time of year.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Karen. Your garden all in bloom is a wonderful sight as we head towards winter here in the northern hemisphere, and I especially love your Flannel flower...so pretty!

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  4. Wow ! such a nice walk into your Garden happenings,Thanks for sharing.Happy Bloggers Blooms day.

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed the tour Arun! I enjoyed my walk though your garden too with all the wonderful blooms you still have going on! Happy Bloom Day!

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  5. Wonderful autumn photos Lee - and the bee close-up was amazing. Thank you for sharing such beauty.
    Joy

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Joy and I am glad to hear you enjoyed the photos! I enjoyed reading about all your projects and the rare treat of a Rhododendron bloom in November!

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  6. Wonderful photos!! The colors are so vivid and the one of the bee is amazing!! Thank you!!!

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    1. I am happy you enjoyed the photos Cathy. Your trip to Ireland looks amazing! Thank so much for sharing!

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  7. Beautiful views of your garden. That little girl with a kitten is adorable. Happy MM.

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    1. Thank you Riitta! That little girl with the kitten is my favorite! I enjoyed my visit to your blog. Have a great week!

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  8. Beautiful----it seems our Northwestern garden is very similar to your. I find that exciting. My Sango Kaku is also beautiful
    MB

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I always enjoy seeing new visitors! Your sunset capture is beautiful!

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  9. I like the Albert Camus quote. So true. - Margy

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    1. Hi Margy-thanks for stopping by! Your road trip looks amazing! Enjoy every moment!

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  10. I love all the late blooms and fall colors! It's beautiful this time of year no matter where you live!

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed the autumn display Diane. Have a great week!

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  11. Lee - so glad to see you return to Mosaic Monday! Your garden is glorious in any season, and I am pleased for you that one of your pictures was selected for the magazine! The blossoms on the sedum are so bountiful! Enjoy the remainder of the autumn!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words and for hosting Angie! I really enjoyed your last post with so many wonderful activities going on!

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  12. You have an amazing garden. Love the pics!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words. Your photography is absolutely amazing!

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  13. You have a year-round beautiful garden.
    Thanks for joining this week's linkup at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2019/11/urp.html

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Thank you for visiting. I love reading your comments and knowing you have been here, and will try to reciprocate on your blog. If you have any questions I will try my very best to answer them. As always...HAPPY GARDENING!

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