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November Flowering in My Garden

Shrimp plant (Justicea brandegeeana)

This post is going to be quick and dirty. The purpose will mostly be to serve as documentation for myself as to what was flowering on November 12, 2020. Images included do not represent the entire yard, but I’m in the middle of a large photo editing project, so I must be brief.

I wasn’t supposed to be outside. Honestly, I was cleaning up the kitchen after baking a loaf of bread, when I was distracted by several yellow sulphur butterflies around one of my shrimp plants.

And there I was. Standing in the garden. Cell ph in hand. The butterflies were too fast for me. Normally, I can’t view shrimp plant from the kitchen, however, these plants were potted. I took cuttings to propagate a bunch of plants in the early summer.

Not wanting to get back to my sink of dishes too quickly, I snapped several shots of what was flowering around the rear patio garden. Camellia, featured above, with its lovely corsage-like stout blossom. I don’t know the variety, because these were already planted at our home when we moved here.

The same goes for this lovely azalea. I am thankful to the person who planted them for us to enjoy. But the variety, not sure. I’m not that picky about varieties. I try to keep name tags and write notes of what I add to the garden. If I lose a tag? Well, I’m not going to beat myself up trying to id it.

Osmanthus fragrans

Fragrant tea olive. Well, that’s a story I’ve told here. When we moved to the home, we were ill advised, that a lovely shrub outside our garage was a nasty invasive. We got out the chainsaw and…well, cut it down. Turns out it was this lovely (not the one featured above), fragrant tea olive. The good news is it grew back from the stump, and I apologize every year as I pat it on the head. But, in the meanwhile, I planted a couple more. To ease my guilt. This is a fabulously fragrant flowering shrub.

Banana

For the first time ever, we had a banana flower. Above this flower, we have a nice cluster of bananas. I’m not sure when to pick them. But I guess you’d say only one of the flower clusters was pollinated on this long stem, because each time a new flower opens, the individual flowers fall, and well, no bananas.

blue butterfly shrub (Clerodendrum ugandense Rotheca myricoides ‘Ugandense’)

If you want to call anything a “butterfly” this or that, it ought to look like it, eh? I present my blue butterfly shrub. It has undergone a scientific name change (not by my hands) and is currently listed as Rotheca myricoides ‘Ugandense’. I’ll try to remember this by singing U GAN DENSE if you want to, like a little blue butterfly.

Continuing with the “butterfly” theme, we move along to butterfly ginger. These are waning, and I am probably seeing my last few flowers opening this week. I have been transplanting the “escaped” ones and starting new beds.

A few flower heads are left on my hydrangeas. I didn’t manage to cut and dry any this year. In spring I found several “self-rooted” plant stems at the base, gave them a good whack with my trowel, and planted them in other sections of the yard. I love free plants.

I have several of these begonias. They have overwintered pretty well for three years; however, this year they didn’t grow to half the size they have before. Maybe I didn’t love them as much as they wanted- as it evident by the “weeds”.

This little rose that was gifted to me about 9 years ago is a pretty tough cookie. It goes through cycles, but for the most part, it blooms nearly year-round.

pineapple sage

I added a small pot of pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) to my garden last year, in a raised bed. Last year it grew to 4′, after spring planting. This year it really struggled. In fact, it only started flowering in early October, but it is surely a champion out there right now. I’m not sure why, but it only grew to about 12″ this year. I need to use it in the kitchen! Note to self.

Habanero: No, this is not a flower. However, I took his photo and I wasn’t going to leave him out.

My habaneros are coming on strong. I’ve been overwintering most of my pepper plants. This particular plant is two years old. The mother plant was three years old. I have way too many pepper fruit now. I’d like to produce these for a local brewery to make up some batches of spicy chili beer. I give you peppers, you give me beer. There is only so much you can do at home with peppers exhibiting a heat such as habanero, ghost, scotch bonnet, etc. And I have cayenne peppers coming out my ears. I bottle up a “hot sauce”, dry them. Use them fresh in salsa and various other recipes. I tried adding them to bird seed to piss off the squirrels. No such luck. On occasion I’m lucky to find my husband has made me a spicy pepper margarita. Cheers!

I don’t think I’m going to edit this post. I’m tired. My back hurts. My shoulder pain in returning which flares from typing. I’m working on some stuff, so I haven’t had much time to do any blog posting. However, the bill just arrived to renew my domain name on wordpress, so…….here I am.

Yours in Gardening,

The Garden Maiden

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Blooming in My Yard: January 4-10, 2015- It’s carnival time!

The Christmas decorations have been put away. The Mardi Gras decorations box is in the front room. January 6 is the Epiphany, Three Kings Day, the first day of Carnival season!

Its hard to be gloomy and down when the sun is shining on the Gulf Coast and the temperatures reached into the 60’s. What a beautiful day to hang laundry, wash the car and see what’s blooming around the yard. “Oh well, its carnival time and every body’s havin’ fun.”

 

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Blooming in My Yard, January 4-10, 2015.TheGardenMaiden_copyright_2015

Though my camellias (C. japonica above) started blooming in November, they are really glorious now. I do need to fertilize some of the C. japonicas as many of the leaves are showing nutrient deficiencies. Watch an entertaining little video from Monrovia nurseries about the C. sasanqua and C. japonica. I still have much to learn about the different varieties. If you are really interested in camellias, check out the American Camellia Society. One challenge when coming into an existing landscape without plant labels or a planting plan, is that exact identification can be very tricky, heck sometimes getting the right species is tricky. Below is my other type of camellia. It blooms a bit earlier and I think it to be C. sasanqua.

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Blooming in My Yard, January 4-10, 2015.TheGardenMaiden_copyright_2015

Also blooming right now is my rosemary, a shrub rose and my purple shamrock (Oxalis spp.), all pictured below.

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Blooming in My Yard, January 4-10, 2015.TheGardenMaiden_copyright_2015

Blooming in My Yard, January 4-10, 2015.TheGardenMaiden_copyright_2015

Blooming in My Yard, January 4-10, 2015.TheGardenMaiden_copyright_2015

Blooming in My Yard, January 4-10, 2015.TheGardenMaiden_copyright_2015

Blooming in My Yard, January 4-10, 2015.TheGardenMaiden_copyright_2015

There are still a few flowers opening on my loquat tree (below) and hopefully if it doesn’t get too cold later this week, we’ll have fruit again. Last year the fruit froze and we didn’t get any harvest. MS State Extension has a publication on growing this tree in the landscape. Hmmm, that tree in the publication looks familiar?! 🙂

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Blooming in My Yard, January 4-10, 2015.TheGardenMaiden_copyright_2015

Never failing, even with neglect, tiny Dianthus have showy hot pink flowers, nearly year-round.

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Blooming in My Yard, January 4-10, 2015.TheGardenMaiden_copyright_2015

Okay, technically, the plant below isn’t FLOWERING, its in BUD stage. But I’m sure it will open by week’s end. Its my lovely Daphne odora. I’m looking forward to those fragrant, creamy flowers.

Blooming in My Yard, January 4-10, 2015.TheGardenMaiden_copyright_2015

Blooming in My Yard, January 4-10, 2015.TheGardenMaiden_copyright_2015

Speaking of fragrant flowers in January, this little rascal below was cut down in the spring of 2012 as I learned of its invasiveness. I was bummed because its citrus-flower-like perfume is so enchanting. I stuck a tiki birdbath on its stump and it has grown back and around the tiki, giving the tiki statue a hidden “in the jungle” appearance. I should cut its sprouts back again…I really should…HOWEVER, I just learned that the person who identified this plant and said it was invasive, was incorrect. This plant is apparently Osmanthus, tea olive or sweet olive. It has leathery, opposite, deep green, toothy-margined leaves and the shrub is/was evergreen.  I just had a feeling about that plant! So now what? Well, I’m going to move the tiki to the side, beg the plant’s forgiveness, and do my best to mother it back into a beautiful shrub. In addition to the link from Clemson University Extension above, the University of Florida also has some great information on Osmanthus. I cut down a 8′ beautiful shrub based on someone’s incorrect ID! I feel like Sally in The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown “What a fool I was!”  Well, that’s what happens when you are new to an area and aren’t familiar with all the plant material.

Blooming in My Yard, January 4-10, 2015.TheGardenMaiden_copyright_2015

Blooming in My Yard, January 4-10, 2015.TheGardenMaiden_copyright_2015

Finally, NOT a flower. A lovely fungi. I have a full-color mushroom identification guide on order. I find some of the most amazing fungi in my yard but I want to identify them all. Who knows, maybe I’ll be able to eat some of what I have growing in my yard! Do YOU know what this mushroom is?

Blooming in My Yard, January 4-10, 2015.TheGardenMaiden_copyright_2015

Blooming in My Yard, January 4-10, 2015.TheGardenMaiden_copyright_2015

 

I hope your winter is as colorful as mine. Mild Gulf Coast winters help make cooler months more beautiful!

Yours in Gardening!

The Garden Maiden 🙂

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