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Seasonal Switch: GBBD, November 2022

November 18, 2022

In the past week, it seemed as though someone flipped a switch to bring on a change of seasons. We went virtually overnight from weirdly warm temperatures for November to wintry weather –  daytime highs in the thirties (Fahrenheit), overnight lows about twenty, and our first snowfall of the season. All of this brought the outdoor garden season to a definitive end.

1st cactus flower 2022Just in time to keep me from being flower-deprived, however, flowering houseplants began to bloom. In the living room plant window, the Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera) has opened its first flower, with many more to follow soon. red cactus bud 2022Another cactus, with red flowers, is about to begin blooming in my bedroom. (I did not notice how dusty this plant was until after I photographed it. It has since been given a much-needed shower.)

cyclamen buds 2022 As the cacti put on their seasonal display, the potted Cyclamen persica are preparing to follow them into flower, with promises of more blooms to see me through the winter months.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is a monthly celebration of flowers hosted by Carol Michel at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to find links to other gardeners’ November blooms.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 19, 2022 1:34 pm

    Every year, when I see your Schlumbergera, I wish I had some in my house. They’re arguably better off growing outside here, although my mother-in-law had some beautiful specimens in her living room for years.

  2. Janet Powers permalink
    November 20, 2022 11:50 am

    Here in Pennsylvania, we had the same sudden weather switch. One day I was kayaking, the next I was hauling out my warmest winter coat and gloves. My two Thanksgiving cacti, both with red flowers, are just beginning to bloom, but outdoors, snapdragons and scabiosa near the house have defied a number of nights of frost. The birds are mobbing the feeders, and frost on my car windows needs to be cleared before I can go anywhere. No longer fall — it’s winter!

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