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Last and First Blooms: GBBD, November 2020

November 15, 2020

last bluebirdsIn mid-November, we don’t yet have snow on the ground, but the only flowers left in my garden are two blooms of smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve) ‘Bluebird,’ tucked into foliage and leaf litter in a protected spot by the foundation. My garden is now settling down for a long winter rest.

Right on cue, my flowering houseplants are stepping up to take center stage. The Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera) has begun to bloom. The tag tucked into this plant when I bought it said that its flowers are white. I am happy that turned out to be wrong, because I love the mix of coral, pink, and lavender flowers that I got instead.

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Nearby on the window ledge, the potted cyclamen plants are loaded with buds, and the first flower has opened. Many more will follow this one.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to see flowers from gardens in many climates.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. November 15, 2020 9:27 pm

    There is no point of adding a word BEAUTIFUL, I guess all flowers are beautiful still

    • November 23, 2020 8:21 pm

      Athira, I never get tired of all the variety in the beauty of flowers.

      • November 23, 2020 8:49 pm

        Yes Jean, it’s amazing to see the wonderful flowers

  2. November 16, 2020 1:44 am

    Beautiful Shots of Christmas Cactus…What a stunning capture of Cyclamen bloom. It would be my pleasure if you join my link up party related to gardening where you can share posts related to plants and flowers here at

  3. Pat Leuchtman permalink
    November 16, 2020 9:22 am

    I have nothing blooming inside or outside, but that cyclamen has inspired me. Thank you.

    • November 23, 2020 8:25 pm

      Pat, I used to get poinsettia plants for the holidays and be frustrated with how unsatisfying they were once they had finished blooming. One year when I went to buy a couple of holiday poinsettias, the greenhouse was also selling cyclamen, so I bought those instead, and discovered that I could keep them going for decades with very little effort and with flowers for most months of the year. The secret to success seems to be to have a cool spot for them — not difficult in a New England house.

  4. November 16, 2020 1:12 pm

    I always look forward to the flowering plants you manage to grow inside, Jean. I’m lucky if I can keep my green-foliage houseplants alive inside.

    • November 23, 2020 8:27 pm

      Kris, After decades, I have a self-selected group of houseplants that can live in my cool house conditions. Of course, I’ve also been a serial killer of a number of other houseplants, notably orchids.

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