Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wildflower Wednesday

Even though it's almost Thanksgiving the natives are still showing off.

'Miss Bessie' is starting to fade now, but she was the star of the garden in November. Covered with hundreds of flowers that began to open the third week in October, she hummed like a hive with the buzzing of all of the insects that flocked to her in droves.

'Miss Bessie' and Hubricht's Blue Star

Frost doesn't affect the flowers at all.

The 'Pee Wee' Oakleaf Hydrangeas at the north-facing front of the house are just starting to turn

while the 'Dayspring' Hydrangea on the east side of the house has
deep burgundy shades that will show more red as the leaves age.

Until I grew native roses I did not know how colorful they could be in autumn.
Rosa virginiana is resplendent in deep purple, red and gold.

The very late turners really show their brilliance now that many of the trees are bare.

Sweet Besty (Calycanthus florida)

Wild Serviceberry

Wild Blueberries turn vivid red

even in the dappled shade of the woods.

The color is so brilliant!

The Swamp Titi looks especially beautiful this year.
These leaf rosettes remind me of poinsettias.

Blueberry and Titi competing for most colorful.

Just getting in under the wire, but I didn't want to miss Wildflower Wednesday, hosted by the wonderful Gail of clay and limestone.

Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. Beautiful colors today, Sweetbay! I absolutely love 'Miss Bessie' in her lovely drifts of purple!

  2. Stunning post Sweetbay! I love you lush row of Miss Bessie and she looks beautiful next to the yellow Amsonia. Lovely frost photos and all the vibrant reds in the foliage! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  3. Gorgeous! I love the frosted hydrangea leaves. I always think there is something a little bit "fairytale-ish" about the first pretty frosting on the garden. :)

  4. That was foliage in a very colorful glory! I love the picture of 'turning' Oak leaf Hydrangea, its awesome.

  5. What wonderful autumn colors and I just LOVE Miss Bessie. You live in such a lovely place.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


  6. Sweetbay,

    Hope everyone has a nice Thanksgiving there! I too have been enjoying the blueberry colors as well. That Miss Bessie never seems to give up, will have to get some for our garden.

  7. As always, beautiful foliage and photos Sweetbay. Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. Very lovely photos - I just adore that Bessie/amsonia combo: breathtaking!

  9. I'm so glad you didn't miss Wildflower Wednesday! Your garden is stunning. That amsonia/aster combo so wonderful. The masses you have really make the garden. The colors so vivid!

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy that garden today!

  10. Your place is a paradise for native plants!

  11. Miss Bessie is looking just lovely. I love all the red in your autumn garden, too.

  12. So pretty!! Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

  13. I love Miss Bessie- I have never seen it before.Lots of beautiful colors still in your garden-mine not so much!
    Happy thanksgiving to you.

  14. I hope your day was fantastic! Love the photos and I am hoping Miss Bessie is still flowering in my garden! You have inspired me to try to get her in a wonderful mass of color. I think the bees will thank me~As always I am thrilled you joined WW! gail!

  15. Thanks for introducing Miss Bessie to me, she's beautiful. The deep tones of Autumn around you are spectacular.

  16. You have such an abundance of beautiful wildflowers and natives, Sweetbay. Miss Bessie is a beauty, and the colorful foliage is gorgeous.

    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  17. Amazing colors on that hydrangea!
    Those frost covered flowers look great too. Thank you for the info

  18. The frosted asters look so pretty. Interesting it doesn't affect them ~ I think it does here. But we don't get too many "light" frosts ~ we usually just get hit with killer ones.
    I agree about how pretty rose foliage is in fall. The hips and yellow leaves are about the only color left in my garden now.
    Very beautiful fall images you shared here. :-)

  19. What a fantastic collection of images. You certainly have a lot going on in your fall garden. I am particularly fond of the image of the Titi and Pine trunks.


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