Archive for November, 2008

Bloom Day – November 2008

There’s nothing new this month: the only blooms hanging on through the chilly weather are the snapdragons and calendula.  They look about the same as they have for the past month, so I’m not going to brave the spitting snow to take a picture.

November in Chicago is not much fun: the temperature is dropping, the day is shortening, and it’s cloudy most of the time.  About the one good thing I can say about it is that you usually don’t have to do a lot of snow shoveling yet….

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Peak color

Serviceberry 'Autumn Brilliance'

We’ve been doing fall cleanup today: mulching leaves, cleaning out the pond, pulling grass out of the mulch paths. Not only is the weather unseasonably mild, but I believe we’re at peak fall color. Certainly the serviceberry has gotten even brighter since my last photo.

Dutchman's Pipe

The Dutchman’s pipe (Aristolochia macrophylla) should be dropping its leaves in the next week or so.

Blueberry

The potted blueberry plant didn’t produce any fruit this year due to some boneheaded pruning I did last fall, but it’s still a nice ornamental.

Oakleaf hydrangea

The natives oakleaf hydrangea (above), mapleleaf viburnum (below), blackhaw viburnum (below that), and wild geranium (bottom) are contributing their color as well. The mapleleaf has certainly bounced back from its rabbit/squirrel pruning this past winter!

Mapleleaf viburnum

Blackhaw viburnum

Wild geranium