November GBBD

“November 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.  I am a day late with this posting because of computer problems last night.

While most of the gardeners in the northern hemisphere are showing wonderful fall color, it is still mostly green here in the Gulf Coast.  If we do get any autumnal color it is usually not until late November or December.  Many tropicals such as the hibiscus and butterfly gingers are still blooming.



I have just started planting the fall annuals, and, of course, the violas are blooming.



The sages are still blooming: pinapple sage (both regular and Golden Delicious), coral nymph, lady in red, autumn, and Victoria blue.

The roses are starting to look even better now that we have had some cooler, drier weather.  The knockouts (red, pink, and blushing) are blooming nicely as is Iceberg, The Fairy,  and Mutabilis.

The trees and shrubs blooming right now are the cassia tree with its gorgeous golden flowers and the pink and the withe hibiscus mutabilis (Confederate rose).

The toad lilies are still putting out flowers.

Even though I cut back the cat’s whiskers just a few weeks ago, they have grown back and are blooming again.

Clerodendrum phillipinum has recovered from the high heat and drought of summer and is blooming again.

A few other things are blooming:  butterfly weed, gerber daisy, torenia, a few azalea blooms have shown up, blue daze, and Mexican sage.  Not too bad for the middle of November.


  1. November 16, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Your flowers are beautiful You are the third blotanist I have seen (I’m new) who has toad lilies. I am going to try to find a source for them and plant some in my own garden. Do they have any special needs? Thanks!

  2. Sweet Bay said,

    November 17, 2009 at 9:16 am

    The Cassia is glorious!

  3. donna said,

    November 17, 2009 at 9:28 am

    The cassia tree is so pretty with all those yellow flowers. I never tire of seeing photos of Confederate roses, especially the white ones.

  4. Janet said,

    November 17, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Great blooms Jan. I really liked seeing the Cat’s Whiskers this fall at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. Butterfly is the perfect name for the Ginger! I love its fragrance.

  5. Janie said,

    November 17, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Such beautiful blooms! I have many of the plants you pictured, some I am still coveting. Is that a ginger in the second picture? Lovely.

    I have that exact hibiscus. It is an unusual color. Mine is still blooming as well. I don’t remember hibiscus blooming so freely in the middle of November, ever!

  6. fairegarden said,

    November 18, 2009 at 6:20 am

    Hi Jan, everything looks so healthy and happy! I am glad to hear you have the gold leaf pineapple sage, isn’t it spectacular? Cooler temps help so much with the insect problem that has been particularly bad this year. Finally we have flowers without holes in them. The frost will soon put an end to the flowers, but it is nice to see them in your garden over the colder months. 🙂

  7. Gail said,

    November 18, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Jan, Lovely blooms in your garden…I am going to make a prediction here! Next year Pineapple sage will be in every garden blogger’s garden. It has been fantastic this fall…covered in beautiful flowers and attractive to sulphur butterflies! gail

  8. Lana said,

    November 18, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Very lovely! We still have some blue asters & a sprig or two of goldenrod in bloom, but that’s about it.

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