Bloom Day – November 2007

I’m amazed that there are still blooms in mid-November in zone 5! Thank you, Lake Michigan…and all the houses around us…..

In bloom:

    purple coneflower

  • purple coneflower
  • snapdragons still hanging on....

  • snapdragons
  • basil (really!)

Foliage as pretty as blooms:

    Oakleaf and Annabelle hydrangeas

  • Hydrangeas (compare the summer view from the other side of the yard)
  • wild geranium

  • wild geranium
  • hosta, through Japanese maple

  • Hostas
  • Japanese maple “Bloodgood”, also seen in the foreground of the hosta picture
  • mapleleaf viburnum

  • mapleleaf viburnum, with Culver’s root in the background

8 responses to this post.

  1. Very pretty, especially that Japanese maple. Now that is RED.


  2. I can’t believe you still have coneflowers in bloom! My very last coneflower faded last week, but it was a lone straggler & very small. Your foliage colors are great – I also appreciate the clear yellow of Hostas in Fall color.


  3. Posted by lakechicagoshores on November 19, 2007 at 9:03 am

    Even after the cold weather that set in right after Bloom Day, that darn coneflower is still blooming! It was a late bloomer, so perhaps that helped it – it’s in a pretty sheltered location, too.


  4. […] 19, 2007 · Filed under Gardening, Native Plants Right after my bloom day post reveling in how late the garden has survived, it went below freezing and a bunch of plants […]


  5. […] leaf from the Bloodgood Japanese maple, under a thin sheet of ice on the pond’s beach. You can also see many other less attractive […]


  6. How big does that japanese maple get? I took down 2 trees this year and would love to replace one with a japanese maple.


  7. Posted by lakechicagoshores on December 19, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    Japanese maples are on the small side, which is why we have one in our teensy yard. The Bloodgood cultivar can get as large as 20′ x 20′, although the largest one I’ve seen in our neighborhood is maybe 12′ x 7′. They’re not superfast growers.

    Another small tree/shrub that you might be interested in: Amelanchier x grandiflora “Autumn Brilliance” is about the same size as the Bloodgood, but it also has nice blossoms and berries in springtime. You can buy them as either a small tree (one trunk) or a shrub (several trunks).


  8. […] care about the Annabelles since they do better with a pruning, but to lose so many branches of the mapleleaf viburnum and oakleaf hydrangeas really hurts. Perhaps everything will grow back bigger and stronger, but I’ll have to wait to […]


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