Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, colorful November

[Please click on the photos in the gallery to make them larger]

I managed to delude myself for the past few weeks imagining it was late September.  Last I looked, many trees had leaves, and I was still planting a shrub or two.  This morning, with its  light rain and cold front, shattered my illusions.

I also looked at the calendar and realized Thanksgiving is a mere week and a half away.  For those of you trying to face this gluten and dairy filled fest for the first time, going to a blog like Karina’s Kitchen is a good place to start.  I make a mean gluten and dairy free turkey and dressing, and I’ll try to post the recipe next week.

However, instead of gazing into the future, let’s instead talk of blooms and brilliant foliage for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day hosted by Carol of May Dreams Gardens.  By the way, this meme of Carol’s is one of the most successful in the gardening world, and I understand this is her 34th post.  People visit from all over and leave their comments and links on her blog.  Why don’t you head on over to peruse them too.

26 Comments

  1. Steve says:

    We’ve been getting similar weather in Kentucky. This has been an unbelievably gorgeous Fall, all in all. Love those pictures! Your blog is quite dreamy.
    .-= Steve´s last blog ..Root Barriers: My Buddy Ofer and Technology =-.

  2. eliz says:

    Your bloom day is not so different than mine! Except for those beautiful dogwoods. I am just thankful that we have had such great weather far into November, like this.

  3. kerri says:

    I love your colorful gallery of photos! Berries, roses, sage, dogwood, etc…….all beautiful! Lovely bursts of color in your November garden!
    What a treat this November weather has been. Such a blessing after our cool, wet summer and a dismal start to fall. I had given up on an Indian Summer but it showed up after all 🙂
    Good for you finding those crab apples. Plants are much more fun than shoes and they rarely hurt your feet 🙂
    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    .-= kerri´s last blog ..Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – November ’09 =-.

  4. Gail says:

    Annabelle is looking gorgeous Dee…as are the dogwoods. I love autumn! It has seemed more like October then November, but then the gray rainy days and that wet winter cold reminds us that it is NOT! gail
    .-= Gail´s last blog ..The Remains Of The Garden~ November 2009 =-.

  5. Mary Delle says:

    Still so many great blooms in your garden.
    .-= Mary Delle´s last blog ..LA Arboretum: Wildlife =-.

  6. We’ve still got flowers, Dee, but seldom see anything like that Cherokee Chief Dogwood… it’s a beauty and it’s red at the right time.
    Down here the stupid Photinia will be red in spring.

    Have fun with the Thanksgiving recipes!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose
    .-= Annie in Austin´s last blog ..Garden Blogger Bloom Day, November 2009 =-.

  7. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    You still have lots of marvelous color Dee. We are getting u first November rain this a.m. I am afraid it is winter knocking on our door. Happy GBBD.

  8. Leslie says:

    It seems earlier than mid-November here too Dee, although we’ve had a few quite cold nights. But blue skies and 60s or 70s doesn’t say winter to me! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving…it sounds as if you have some great recipes on tap!
    .-= Leslie´s last blog ..GBBD November 2009 =-.

  9. mss @ Zanthan Gardens says:

    In Austin, too, it’s easy to think it’s still October with our sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s. However, our average first frost is just three weeks away. Because we haven’t had an typical year in the last couple of winters, we are getting lulled into a false sense of security and growing plants that are too tender for our more normal winters.

    I love that ‘Carefree Delight’. It’s a beautiful rose and the name really sums up our feelings for these balmy November days.
    .-= mss @ Zanthan Gardens´s last blog ..GBBD 200911: Nov 2009 =-.

    I love ‘Carefree Delight’ too except that she is the thorniest rose I own, and she always wants to spill into the path. No matter. We are also getting a false security and plant things which don’t overwinter well here. I guess we’ll all learn another lesson when we get a hard winter. Til then . . . .~~Dee

  10. Jean says:

    That Brazilian nightshade is quite beautiful. I’ll have to look into that one (should do well here I think). I look forward to reading your gluten free turkey recipes as we’re hosting this year and a friend with Celiac’s will be joining us.
    .-= Jean´s last blog ..November Garden Bloggers Bloom Day =-.

    Jean, it’s been lovely. I’ll write down my recipe (actually my mother’s) for gluten and dairy free cornbread dressing this week. The main thing with Celiac disease is to also keep the other wheat filled ingredients separate. Think Kosher. That’s what we do here.~~Dee

  11. Rose says:

    Lots of color in your garden, Dee, and it really stands out against the background here. I’m partial to the red berries and the bright red leaves. I’ve been raving, too, about this beautiful November, but I knew it was too good to be true–rain, rain, and rain this week.
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..November GBBD: End of the Season? =-.

    Right now there is, Rose, but I have lots of bulbs in the fridge ready for forcing and amaryllis potted up to ward off winter’s blow. I’m not a winter girl, although I do love reading by the fire and cozy food. Hope your house is cozy and warm too.~~Dee

  12. Wow, Dee, great colour on your Cornus leaves. They’re like flowers in themselves, aren’t they?
    .-= Helen at Toronto Gardens´s last blog ..Alas, Blooms Day in Toronto, November 2009 =-.

    Yes, Helen, to me they are just as beautiful. God speaks to us in many ways, through the leaves and the flowers and those who love us.~~Dee

  13. Wonderful, wonderful colours still in your garden Dee –
    I haven’t visited for a while and I love what you have done with your blog template – it looks great.
    K
    .-= Karen – An Artist’s Garden´s last blog ..Sodden and Soggy in Wales – GBBD, November =-.

    Hi Karen, glad you’re back. Thank you so much.~~Dee

  14. Diana says:

    Dee – I’m with you. When did it turn November?! It’s been a lovely fall, though, and many things are still blooming or doing things in the garden to provide interest. Love your Carefree Delight and the Cherokee Chief.

    Hi Diana, yes, you still have a few more weeks of beauty too. Ours is simply winding down, and we should have a freeze soon. Thank you. I do love those two, carefree plants.~~Dee

  15. I am so jealous of your beautiful Cornus! I can’t really grow them here and always love seeing them in other’s gardens….beautiful job. Thanks for the garden tour today!
    .-= rebecca sweet´s last blog ..Hey – we get Fall color, too!!! =-.

    Ah, Rebecca, those are kind words coming from such an accomplished gardener. I bet you can find a place for a Cornus in your beautiful space too.~~Dee

  16. Katie says:

    Cherokee Chief is stunning! Happy Bloom Day!
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..Garden Bloggers Bloom Day November 2009 =-.

    Happy Bloom Day to you too. Aren’t we luck that Carol started this?~~Dee

  17. I would love to see you garden one day Dee. You have some nice color. Happy GBBD. H.
    .-= Helen Yoest @ Gardening With Confidence´s last blog ..Sunday, November 15, 2009 Puttering in Helen’s Haven =-.

    Thank you Helen. I hope you are in Oklahoma someday. I loved your garden when we visited.~~Dee

  18. Robin says:

    Your header picture is stunning; I love it! I has felt like September here too, I’ve enjoyed it so much. Today is a cold, gray, dreary day that has slapped me back into November reality too!
    .-= Robin´s last blog ..November Garden Blogger Bloom Day =-.

    Hi Robin, it’s now gray here too. Had to happen.~~Dee

  19. Granny Fran says:

    I can’t believe the difference in your November Oklahoma garden and my Colorado garden! Love your colors. I’ve got white today, ouside, but color indoors.
    .-= Granny Fran´s last blog ..Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, November 2009 =-.

    Hi Granny Fran, thanks so much for stopping by. Yes, y’all have a short season in Colorado, but it isn’t as hot as here in the summer.~~Dee

  20. What a nice way to show all your photos. Lucky you to have so many beautiful plants still in bloom. Looking forward to your gluten free recipe – this is my first Thanksgiving cooking gluten-free and I’m still learning…
    .-= Garden Junkie´s last blog ..Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – November 2009 =-.

    Thank you Garden Junkie. I’ll post the GF stuff this week.~~Dee

  21. Helen says:

    I am quite happy to stay in November as that means that Christmas is further away and I really have engaged with it.

    Helen, I’m not ready for Christmas either. Thank goodness, I have Advent first.~~Dee

  22. joey says:

    Lots of happy November blooms still hangin’ on, Dee (love your header photo)!

    Thank you Joey.~~Dee

  23. Nell Jean says:

    Great Presentation! Winter will come soon enough, enjoy.
    .-= Nell Jean´s last blog ..November Bloom Day =-.

    Yes, a few days later, I believe it’s here.~~Dee

  24. I can see why it felt like September, with the Roses, Esperanza & Sage still doing their thing. Your Dogwood is stunning! Happy Bloom Day!
    .-= Mr. McGregor’s Daughter´s last blog ..The Tough Keep Going: November Bloom Day =-.

    Happy Bloom Day to you too, MMD.~~Dee

  25. Nan Ondra says:

    What a great way to display the range of beauties your garden has to offer today, Dee. The rich colors really stand out against the black background – especially those nightshade berries. Thanks for sharing them for Bloom Day!

    Hi Nan, thank you so much. I’m so glad you found time to come visit.~~Dee

  26. I agree, let’s live in the moment of a beautiful November and not think about what lies ahead. Your garden looks like a colorful, interesting place. Someday, I’ll be there in person!

    Thanks for joining in for bloom day!
    .-= Carol, May Dreams Gardens´s last blog ..Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – November 2009 =-.

    Of course, I wouldn’t miss it for the world.~~Dee

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