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Snow Flowers and Holiday Blooms: GBBD, November 2017

November 15, 2017

First snow 2017After months of record warmth, our weather in Maine seems to have shifted from September to December, bypassing October and November altogether. The first snow fell earlier this week, with more forecast for tomorrow.

In the garden, snowy caps on seed heads, like these on echinacea and sedum along the Lavender Walk, evoke flowers.

echinacea snow flowers sedum snow flowers
But, amazingly, there are still some real flowers in my garden. These deep blue blooms on lavender ‘Hidcote’ provide a shot of color in a landscape of muted tones. lavender blooms in snow

It is time to turn to indoor blooms for my winter flower fix. Normally, I would have cyclamen blooming at this time of year, but all my cyclamen plants were infested with mites last year and had to be thrown out. I will begin to replace them this year.

Meanwhile, I am waiting for the holiday cactus (Schlumbergera) to begin blooming for the holidays. The pink one (on the left below) has big fat buds that will bloom for Thanksgiving next week. The red one looks like it will begin to bloom soon afterward.

pink cactus buds red cactus buds

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is a monthly garden party hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to see the blooms others are enjoying this month (including the bounty from our friends in the southern hemisphere, where it is spring).

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 16, 2017 10:30 am

    Holiday cacti are great for winter blooms!

    • November 18, 2017 8:36 pm

      Lea, I agree; they are. Mine tend to go by pretty quickly, though, which is why I like having some cyclamen plants that keep blooming for months.

  2. November 16, 2017 1:41 pm

    There are harsher weather conditions everywhere it seems! That’s some tough lavender you have. I always find a winter coat of snow beautiful but then neither me nor my garden has ever had to live with those conditions. On our end, the rainy season is off to a depressingly slow start, although it appears Northern California is in for a soaking.

    • November 18, 2017 8:38 pm

      Kris, I don’t know anyone who loves November in Maine. Usually it is characterized by lots of cold, miserable rain — which makes us grateful for slightly colder temperatures and snow in December. I wasn’t quite psychologically ready for snow in mid-November, though. It’s all melted away. Our late November snows tend to be enough to plow and to last on the ground.

  3. November 21, 2017 7:24 am

    Wow, that lavender flower in the snow is amazing! We got snow, too, but all the flowers are gone.

    • November 22, 2017 10:51 pm

      Joanna, I am surprised by how tough those lavender plants are. Last winter, I brushed against them while shoveling snow on the walkway and discovered that they still had fragrance.

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