November Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

“Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


Thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for coming up with GBBD.  This is the day (15th of the month) in which we post everything which is blooming in our gardens.


There are still a few things blooming here in south Louisiana even though it is the middle of November.






Autumn sage, pinapple sage, mystic spires, coral nymph, Mexican bush sage, and lady in red sage are all the sages that are still blooming.






Blushing Knockout rose and Butterfly rose are blooming as is the red knockout.




A variety of different colored impatiens are still putting on quite a show now that the hot weather is over.




Red bleeding heart vine is still going strong.




Blue butterfly bush is blooming well.




Yellow, white, and purple violas are starting to put out more flowers even though they have been planted only about two weeks.




White sasanqua and the red Yuletide are adding color to the garden.  The white one has been blooming at least three weeks.  A long bloomer is appreciated.


Other plants blooming are:  Mexican heather, blue daze, plumbago, confederate rose, cassia tree, pentas, and the begonias (red, white, and the perennial one).




A flat of Baby Duck petunias are awaiting their placement in the garden. 



  1. Darla said,

    November 15, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Dang, you still have a lot of beautiful flowers. Love the bleeding heart.

  2. Gail said,

    November 15, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    I love pineapple sage! it is one of the best reds. I have to say the blue flower is exotic looking!

  3. Brenda Kula said,

    November 16, 2008 at 9:11 am

    I love that blue butterfly bush. Didn’t know it bloomed in those colors. I got one planted this year, but I believe the one or two blooms it had were of the pink variety. I didn’t plant any sages. But I shall next year. Lovely color, isn’t it, even in November.

  4. tina said,

    November 16, 2008 at 9:33 am

    You have a pretty white sasanqua. I just love them all!

  5. patientgardener said,

    November 16, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    I love the pineapple sage too. Lots of lovely flowers still – lucky you

  6. November 16, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    I have been inspired by you to both garden, for the very first time, and blog about gardening!

    (Only two gardening entries so far but more to come!)

  7. Jan said,

    November 16, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Yes, Darla, we still have a lot of blooming and growing plants. That is one of the nice things about being a gardener in the deep South. It kind of makes up for the intense heat of summer.

    Gail, I have to agree with you on the pineapple sage color. I love that and the autumn sage’s burgundy.

    Brenda, that plant is not a regular butterfly bush. This is clerodendrum ugandese or blue butterfly bush. It is a lovely blue and would do well for you in Texas.

    Tina, I have just started planting the sasanquas. I have several of the japonica camellias, but, now, the fall blooming sasanquas have my interest.

    Patientgardener, yes, we are lucky to still have blooming plants. Seeing the freeze damage of more northern gardens is a little sad, but at least northern gardeners get some rest from gardening. We still have a lot to do.

    Thank you, Susan, that is so sweet of you to say that. I am always happy to see new garden blogs started. I know I enjoyed reading them for months before I finally plunged in and started mine. I am thankful for all the bloggers who inspired me.

  8. fairegarden said,

    November 16, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    Hi Jan, your flowers are a delight. I will be watching your camellias with interest. I have a few, but the flowers so often get zapped by weird frosts after warmth that encourages the buds to open. And yes, what would we do without the violas and pansies.

  9. Jan said,

    November 16, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Thanks for stopping by, Frances. I must be very frustrating to have the buds nipped by frosts. That does happen, but admittedly very rarely, to the azaleas in the spring, and it can be so disappointing.

  10. November 16, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    How do the petunias hold up over the winter? I bought one to try it out this year.

  11. Jan said,

    November 16, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    Petunias do very well here during the winter, in fact, fall is when we plant them. By May, we take them out – they can’t take our heat – and put in the summer annuals.

  12. November 17, 2008 at 11:55 am

    We have a lot of plants in common, don’t we Jan? Camellias look so happy in Louisiana! I love the single white Sasanqua. My Blue Butterfly Flower is still blooming away, too – sure hope it will live over winter.

    You mentioned loquats in a comment, wondering if one would fit in your garden. People in Austin sometimes prune them like large shrubs so they can pick the fruit easily. I let mine grow tall because it was planted as a screen for the patio but bet you could make one work for you!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  13. Jan said,

    November 17, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Annie, that is a good idea about keeping the loquats pruned as shrubs. I have always seen them grown as trees. I’ll keep that in mind.
    My blue butterfly flower always freezes to the ground, but I mulch it heavily with pine straw, and it comes back from the roots. So, I am sure yours should too.

  14. Sue said,

    November 19, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    I found you through Blogspot. I think I’ll go back to May Dreams Gardens and see if I missed anyone else’s GBBD blogs. I like that color of petunia. I can’t grow much of what you have. My pineapple sage is finished due to freezing temperatures. I missed a couple flowers, too, but they don’t look as nice and full as yours. I’m glad you put them in.

  15. Sue said,

    November 19, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    I said the wrong thing. I found you through Blotanical.

  16. Jan said,

    November 19, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Sue, glad you stopped by via Blotanical. Living in the deep South does help when it comes to still having blooming plants in late fall.

  17. Jean said,

    November 19, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Don’t you just love the way those salvias just keep going and going? (My Black and Blue salvia has finally stopped its onslaught of blooms though.) I really like those petunias you picked up. Will have to see if I can find some like that. Wish I could grow that bleeding heart vine. I saw some at the nursery but I know they’d have to spend most of the winter indoors here, and they probably wouldn’t be happy with that!

  18. Jan said,

    November 20, 2008 at 4:52 am

    Jean, you are right about the salvias lasting a long time. Most of the time, mine will overwinter. My bleeding heart vine will freeze back to the roots, but does return in the spring.

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