Thursday, November 26, 2009

Blooming Friday

Most of the flowers have finished now, except the garden never really finishes for the year.

Encore azaleas 'Autumn Amethyst' on a misty morning.

With the golden seedheads of Northern River Oats. I got a start of the oats from the ones down by the creek.

As the weather turns colder the foliage will take on more of a purplish hue.

In a sheltered spot in the woods I found a Ladies' Tresses still in bloom. It's a tiny native orchid.

'Rainbow Knockout' (which reminds me of pink dogwood flowers and another rose, 'Nearly
Wild') combines wonderfully with the still-purple seedheads of Muhlenbergia filipes.

A couple of the Winter Honeysuckles have already started to bloom. They will probably continue to bloom on and off until April.

For more Blooming Friday posts, visit Katarina at roses and stuff.


  1. That last photo is "knock your socks off" gorgeous Sweet Bay. I'm beyond jealous that you STILL have blooms to share. It was in the mid 60's here today tho, so I better not complain, right (blooms or not)?! I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.

  2. That tiny orchid is so sweet! I love the crystal 'beads' surrounding your rose bloom :)

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  3. Your pinks are gorgeous!! That native orchid sure looks pretty. But your last photo made me gasp!! Nature's embellishment at its best!!

    Happy holidays!

  4. That last picture really is something. It looks like pearls scattered all over. To have flowers all year round is something to be happy about! I am jeallous! Have a nice week end!

  5. It always amazes me how tiny wild flowers survive in such rough ground. You think they would be overwhelmed. Obviously not!
    I particularly like the last picture - very beautiful.
    Have a lovely weekend.

  6. Your lovely azalea has lots of buds still ... I imagine it will be so dramatic when the leaves turn more purple. The orchid is a fine... what a treat that must have been. You captured a beautiful work of art in your last photo. Stunning dew beads thanks to a busy spider. I hope you had a very happy Thanksgiving Sweetbay. Carol

  7. Love the way your garden looks even at this time of year. Those azalea are wonderful in color. Vibrant and striking. I love that last picture, it speaks to me. I read a statement recently about photographs and it's that the picture should tug at you, and that one certainly did.


  8. Wonderful blooms! We got the tiniest bit of snow overnight!

  9. The fact that you have flowers even near the end of November is astounding my brain! They are still so pretty and I love the dew on the last photo of the honeysuckle. That is just perfection!

  10. SweetBay,

    A lot of people would miss that Ladies' Tresses altogether. Very good find. I was impressed yesterday with 3 little Heal alls in bloom along our road, back in August they seemed pretty well done.

  11. I planted a few of those Encore azaleas, white and pink, and they've added a lot of color and texture to our yard. I've never heard of winter honeysuckle. Is it a vine? You've taken some wonderful pics, Sweet Bay.

  12. I agree with Kathleen on the Knockout - beautiful and love the little orchid. Nice to still see some color even if it is 'winterized' and not as striking as in the summer.

  13. Sweetbay, it seems we always have something in bloom, even if it's a solitary blossom. And I will add as others have: that last photo is absolutely stunning! Diana

  14. Ah, that last picture is so lovely! How nice for you to still have some blooms to revel in!
    Enjoy your weekend!

  15. I think you always have some of the prettiest flowers and grasses blooming that I've seen. I love the azaleas, hope you'll share pictures as the foliage changes. I can imagine how pretty it must look.

  16. You captured Mother Nature's artwork perfectly in that last photo, Sweet Bay. Those tiny beads of dew are so beautiful with the soft pink of the rose.
    How lovely to still have Azalea blooms, and finding that tiny orchid...pure delight!
    I love seeing the long shots of your garden. You've created a paradise in your yard!
    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  17. I love the last photo with the dewdrops, and the Ladies Tresses is lovely. How nice to have azaleas still in bloom, too.

  18. Your blooms are amazing this late in the season. I too think the last photgraph is gorgeous with the dew drops.
    We had a warm up today. Perfect walking weather.

  19. Thank you for your comments and kind words!

    walk2write, Winter Honeysuckle is a shrub, a large one. Typically starts blooming in December and can continue into April. The flowers are wonderfully fragrant, with lemony tones.

  20. That last photo is so special....looks like tiny glass beads or beads of ice.


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