Garden in Bloom: November 2008

Fall Zelkova Serrata Foliage

Sunny days are a rarity here in the Pacific Northwest, so I appreciate each precious one. The bright blue sky looks so beautiful behind the fall colors on this “Green Vase” Japanese Zelkova tree (Zelkova serrata ‘Green Vase’) I planted last fall. I planted three of these across the front of my property as street trees, and I can’t wait for them to grow.

Japanese Maple Seedling<

I also planted this teeny tiny unnamed japanese maple. Isn't it adorable? It's not one of the weeping types, it's a tall, vase-shaped tree that I planted outside my living room window. I can just imagine how pretty it will be when it's big.

Old Pear Tree

The one pre-existing tree is the namesake of my home, Pear Tree Cottage. I love these gnarled old trunks and how the tree is centered on our family room window for a year-round view.

November Blooms

The rest of the garden continues to amaze me with late season blooms. Especially the roses, I’m astounded by the roses. My neighbor has told me that she has had bouquets of home-grown roses on her Christmas table, and I’m starting to believe her.

Some of things still going are:

1. Mystery rose
2. Brazilian sage (Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’)
3. “Tutti Frutti” Hummingbird Mint (Agastache x ‘Tutti Frutti’)
4. Hebe ‘Patty’s Purple’
5. Mystery hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)
6. Mystery, volunteer sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
7. Bacopa (Sutera cordata, not sure of the variety)
8. Pincushion flower (Scabiosa caucasica)
9. Black stem hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Nigra’)

What about you? Do you have a favorite tree? Have you planted any or were they already there?

~Angela :-)

This post is a part of the November Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, sponsored each month by May Dreams Gardens.

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Comments

  1. Gorgeous! Wow, yes, what beautiful days those were! You have to enjoy them while we have them!!
    That is the cutest Japanese maple EVER!
    xo

  2. I love your baby japanese maple. So cute! I am so not a gardening expert. I love my hibiscus but I don’t even know if those count as trees?!
    I love my citrus trees too :)
    There is one tree here that I have been seeing everywhere with these huge beautiful pink blooms and I wish I knew what it was so I could put one in my yard. I need to find it online or knock on someone’s door :)

  3. I have many trees on my Alabama property that were planted years ago. My favorites are the 11 or so dogwoods that are strategically placed. They are especially beautiful in the spring and fall.
    Oh, I forgot! There is a huge Grancy Graybeard (Chionanthus virginicus, also known as Old Man’s Beard or fringe tree) in the front. Unfortunately it’s to the left, out of sight of the main windows so I only see it when I am outside. I was unfamiliar with this tree and was amazed when it was a mass of lacy white blooms in the spring.

  4. I have an Eastern Redbud tree outside my kitchen window — heart shaped leaves in summer, that turn bright yellow (lighting the kitchen in the autumn) and dainty pink flowers in the Spring. How could not love a tree like that? :-)
    We’ve had lovely weather here, too. It can’t last…it’s almost Thanksgiving!

  5. We planted a couple of Redbuds in our backyard when we moved in and they have gotten enormous. I love watching them change colors with the seasons.
    Oh–just noticed that Wendy (above) said the same thing about Redbuds. They must be popular. :-)

  6. I still have lots blooming. But it’s supposed to be the coldest night of the season. So tomorrow I might not!
    Brenda

  7. Your Japanese maple IS absolutely adorable! It’s so itty bitty and cute. :)

  8. So can you come to my house next? I am in desperate need of some trees and colorful foliage in my yard!

  9. It seems even our late bloomers have succumbed here in NJ. The giant oaks have finally dropped their leaves, the hydrangeas have dried up (did manage to save a few to dry indoors, though), and even the burning bush has given up. In early Autumn I love our neighbor’s Tulip trees; the leaves turn early to a brilliant, fiery yellow. Our kitchen, dining room and master bedroom windows look out on those trees and they always take my breath away. But now they’re stark and bare already.
    I nominated you for an award because your blog is one of my favorites. It’s just a silly little thing.
    P.S. I still haven’t forgotten about those photos, just haven’t gotten to it yet!

  10. Yes I have just planted two trees and in our drought state we are having rain and it is so so wonderful.
    I planted a ginko which I have not had for ages. Love the shape of the leaves. It was to console me for the tulip tree that died. They take 14 yrs to flower and I am not sure I have another 14 yrs…should plant one and take the risk.
    The other one I planted had the most amazing pink blossoms. I saw it at my surgeons rooms and no one knew what they were, then I found one at KMart on the way home and no name and quite expensive but I bought it.
    I think it is a crab apple but it is different to the two other named ones I have plus a couple of interesting seedlings that now have crabs on them.

  11. There is winter in Finland… nothing is blooming now… except ice flowers. :)
    http://ruusujajarikkaruohoja.blogspot.com/2008/11/whats-blooming-now.html

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