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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 2, 2009
8:04 AM

Post #7232666

Hope everyone had a fun Halloween. Time to showcase your November blooms here. The start of daylight savings time for some of us here in the United States signals the end of any gardening after work since it gets dark at 6 PM. My brugmansia finally decided to bloom.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 2, 2009
1:07 PM

Post #7233000

Thats awesome soils!

One of my Christmas cactus decided to bloom. Happy holiday season.. the kickoff begins.. most of my bloomers will be house plants from now until spring! Or maybe whats surviving in the greenhouse.. but dont expect much from me!

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

November 2, 2009
8:38 PM

Post #7234502

I have so much work to do today...
plant a rhododendron that hubby picked up for me - on special for $9.99, I couldn't let that go.
I have two clematis as well that were on special two weeks ago but with going away to Aussie for a break & then rotten weather when we came home they are still waiting to go in.
The grass needs cutting again - our new green waste bin is just being delivered now so no excuse for not doing it.
Although the skies are very threatening - we may have rain shortly.
Need to get some photos as the garden looks very different now with spring flowers just about finished & summer blooms coming on.
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

November 3, 2009
1:35 AM

Post #7235553

iris - noid
slightly darker blue than the one in the background.

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

November 3, 2009
1:38 AM

Post #7235566

this is the one seen in the background of the previous pic

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

November 3, 2009
1:43 AM

Post #7235589

Azalea

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 3, 2009
3:06 AM

Post #7235866

LOL! Dalfyre, you will keep November alive with all that and then some for sure! SO lovely dear!
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

November 3, 2009
4:14 AM

Post #7236095

this is my peony bloom, it will start to drop petals any day know but I though you may like to see my old fashioned tape measure with inch measures up against it.
it really is that size - no forced perspective involved :-)

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 3, 2009
4:33 AM

Post #7236167

A friend of mine sent me a box of red peony tubers this fall. I got about 4 of them into the ground so far - hope my blooms will good as good as yours. I remember you telling me which zone you are in, but I don't remember. Would you mind repeating that information for us with constant senior moments?
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

November 3, 2009
4:39 AM

Post #7236189

lol - I don't know what zone it translates to but we have cold frosty winters & hot dry summers - normally!

http://www.christchurch.org.nz/About/


if you scroll down this page will give the temperature & rainfall figures
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

November 3, 2009
4:52 AM

Post #7236226


using Wiki I found this info

Christchurch has a dry, temperate climate, with mean daily maximum air temperatures of 22.5 C (72.5 F) in January, 11.3 C (52.3 F) in July.
The summer climate is often moderated by a sea breeze from the Northeast, but a record temperature of 41.6 C (107 F) was reached in February 1973.
A notable feature of the weather is the nor'wester, a hot fhn wind that occasionally reaches storm force, causing widespread minor damage to property.

In winter it is common for the temperature to fall below 0 C (32 F) at night. There are on average 70 days of ground frost per year.
Snow falls occur on average once or twice a year in the hill suburbs and about once or twice every two years on the plain.
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 3, 2009
5:03 AM

Post #7236255

hmmmm - sounds quite a bit like our Mediterranean climate with the dry summers. But, you get a lot more frost days than we do - we get maybe a dozen days, unless we have a freakish year. So, your area would be great for peonies who do like winter chill. I am just on the borderline of being able to grow peonies - I have some good years, some so-so years, but I do have some blooms every year. With that many ground frost days, you must have to dig up your dahlias? I can leave everything in the ground without worries about frost damage.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 3, 2009
2:05 PM

Post #7236844

Well, that peony is lovely! Pink and red peonies make such great cut flwoers for drying! When dry, they mimic a rose! They will hold their color for a nice period too.

Today I have ice on the water.. just a thin sheet. But the sun is coming up so it should be a nice fall day again here.

Im starting to miss the blooms as fall wains already!

Dont stop the show dalfyre! You are our inspriation to get through th e
nasty winter coming in here!!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 4, 2009
12:48 AM

Post #7238867

viola!

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

November 4, 2009
9:00 AM

Post #7239794

well sad news on my iris, we had a howling nor'west this morning & that darker blue flower spike snapped off at the base.
Some people here lift their dahlias, I know you are supposed to but MeeMum leaves them in place & they do just fine.
I know a few other gardeners who leave dahlias in the ground, I have never bothered with them because of the whole lifting thing & now that I know I could just leave them I have no room for any.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 4, 2009
4:22 PM

Post #7240647

Well, get that iris in a vase, it might just open for you!

Sorry you had bad weather! Ours is holding pretty good.. its sunny again today so I just might do a little yard work this afternoon.
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

November 4, 2009
7:48 PM

Post #7241404

too late... it is a sad & wilted thing now.
will have to put into the green bin.
at least the other two survived
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 4, 2009
11:15 PM

Post #7241983

Awwww shucks...! Well, nexttime, you know!
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

November 5, 2009
7:28 PM

Post #7244740

Well this sure is a cheery thread with the temps and rain we are having! Thanks. We are expecting a warmer weekend perhaps in the upper 60's - will try to take a pic of some leaves and twigs :-)
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

November 5, 2009
8:28 PM

Post #7244905

You are welcome to pop over to the Aussie forum...
lots of lovely pics to cheer you up :)
And such a variety of gardening styles - from the tropics to the temperate zones...
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1052659/
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2009
8:53 PM

Post #7244965

Well, you should have some sun. I am sending it your was ASAP! May as well share that wealth~!

Well heres my ambrosia grass... plumes anyone?!

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

November 5, 2009
9:14 PM

Post #7245033

thanks - the sun is shining now, it is a beautiful day

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

November 10, 2009
9:03 PM

Post #7260801

We are a day ahead down under so it is Remembrance Day for us...
I was pleased to see poppies in my garden to mark the day

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=7260780

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 17, 2009
7:43 AM

Post #7281663

Went out over the weekend and was quite pleased with the amount of color there still is in the garden. Azaleas - blooming out of sync - thinks it is spring LoL

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 17, 2009
7:46 AM

Post #7281670

Gardenias - blooms sporadically over 6 months after the big spring flush

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 17, 2009
7:48 AM

Post #7281673

yellow echinaceae and rudbeckia

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 17, 2009
7:49 AM

Post #7281677

white ginger - down to it's last few blooms

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 17, 2009
7:51 AM

Post #7281680

Abuliton - this is another really long bloomer - 6 months and still going

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 17, 2009
7:53 AM

Post #7281684

My rose that I still have not found the proper name for yet. The flowers in the spring are more coral and salmon, in the fall, more reddish.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 17, 2009
7:54 AM

Post #7281685

and a pink sansaqua camellia

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 17, 2009
12:02 PM

Post #7281854

WOW soils, you really do have som e late bloomers there!

I acquired about or 3 varieties of mums... sorry no pic at this time.. they are however waining in their color. I had some great timing at a nursery where he was cleaning off his shelves and giving them free. I got about 30 of them and they are all bushel basket size and got a flat of pansies on a really good buy.

Other than that about the only thing "blooming" are fungi. The leaves are almost all down and well, I find a danderlion or two but thats it!
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2009
7:30 PM

Post #7283237

I have malva still in bloom, i swear that stuff blooms continually from spring to winter.
Dianne you sure have a lot of late bloomers and pretty ones at that.
BB, I have single handedly killed dozens of mums, all kinds, all sizes, all colors, all seasons and have vowed never to buy another. Bet yours are pretty this season, betting yellows, coppers and a burgundy there somewhere?
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 17, 2009
9:23 PM

Post #7283638

Thanks, BB and Candee. I have spent the last couple of years looking for flowering plants with the description "blooms until frost." I am lucky in that our frost date is normally so late.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 18, 2009
6:06 AM

Post #7285433

Oh, I have killed plenty of mums too.. used to raise some 70 varieties of them... but who could resist a freebie!

Anyway, my last hoorah now or so I think is this pank tea rose...

We will not count the mums because they are not planted in the garden! Maybe next year, that is if I get any to survive!

And the violas and pansies.. I thing those will win for in the garden here.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 21, 2009
5:49 PM

Post #7296512

Moss blooming!

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haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

November 22, 2009
9:15 PM

Post #7300527

Nice mossy there BB.
Here is one of my grasses looking quite fallish!

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haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

November 22, 2009
9:16 PM

Post #7300532

Behind the fountain

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 22, 2009
11:32 PM

Post #7300899

OooooOooooH thats lovely!!!!!



Me mum! Thanks to Leo!!! Whoooohoooooo

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haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

November 23, 2009
12:22 AM

Post #7301045

Tiny little blossom yet some lovely!
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

November 24, 2009
9:02 AM

Post #7305176

my peony - not as big as past years...
still sulking from being disturbed when I took some to give MeeMum

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 24, 2009
1:25 PM

Post #7305436

I love peonies, thanks dalfyre for showing that! It made my day!

Well I discovered Leo gave me 3 kinds of mums! That first one was a Belgian mum called Ozenda Orange and it did, it turned an orangish yellow as fall wained!

Then the second was Gold Finch Yellow...

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 24, 2009
1:33 PM

Post #7305446

And this one .. also a Belgian mum called Terano Yellow!

Whooohooooooo, I am so happy! I just hope my labor was not for not installing almost 30 of them that he generously gave me and I hope they return in my garden next year!!

Im gonna have to do something nice for Leo.. that was sweet of him!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 24, 2009
1:38 PM

Post #7305462

And call me weird, but I love dandelions! They smell wonderful and are great bee attractors!

Some are still blooming even now!

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 24, 2009
6:19 PM

Post #7306215

Dandelions have a fragrance???? I will have to sniff one next time, just before I pull it out and toss it. LoL.

Teresa - how many peonies do you have? That is a lovely bloom. I also see a nice deep dark red one in one of your earlier photos. I planted about 6 new ones this year, bringing my total herbaceous and tree peony total count to about 24. I am on borderline cold-requirement, so some years is great, others not so good.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 24, 2009
11:25 PM

Post #7307019

Oh yes, dandies have a fragrance, but maybe its an acquired "taste"..
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

November 25, 2009
5:26 AM

Post #7307951

Soils I am envious...
I only have the two.
Mum gave me the red & I have about 5 plants from splitting the original gift.
The white is not doing as well, it was better when I first moved here but I lifted & divided it - the ones I gave Mum have not flowered & only one of the two I kept has flowered, it is putting out more buds but they are smaller flowers.
It still smell heavenly, the red has no scent at all.
I am wondering after reading the article in DG a while back if I planted the white too deep.
It may need a new spot as they (supposedly) don't like competition or any overhanging foliage & it is getting crowded where it lives.
I think come autumn I will bite the bullet & try shifting the smaller of the two white ones ...
just have to research a bit more to choose the optimum position & then wait & see.

soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 27, 2009
8:32 AM

Post #7313138

Teresa - I need to qualify what I wrote LoL. I don't have 24 different varieties - I have 24 plants. I have up to 3-4 of the same variety - I have maybe 16 different varieties all together.

I have not tried moving any of peonies except for one tree peony that I planted in a spot where it got hidden. I think it is dead - but I am keeping the "stick" in place in case it decides to come back. I did dig up a herbaceous one this fall to give away - I hope that it will bloom for her. Good luck with finding a good spot for your white one. Since you lifted and divided it recently, it may just need time to adjust.
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

November 27, 2009
9:16 AM

Post #7313197

it has been a few years since I disturbed the white peony, the reds were shifted more recently & are doing well - and they forgot to read the book on where they should thrive as one of my best one is under the witch hazel & loving it.
I ducked into the Warehouse & they have peonies in the orphans section marked down to $20.00...
am tempted by the pretty pink one, lot of money for a plant though.
There were some aquilegias alongside for $1.50, that is more my price range, and they were pretty colours.

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