November 2009 Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day at Helen’s Haven

We have yet to experience a hard frost in time for this month’s Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day. It’s late.  So, I have more blooms than I should have.  Helen’s Haven, in Raleigh, NC is holding her own, but definitely ready to be put to bed.  While most of the fall flowers are still in bloom, some are looking a little sad.


Purple Basil


Camelia sasanqua 'Sestugekka' from Camellia Forest



Rosa 'Rainbow Sorbet'



Verbena 'Homestead Purple'


Hardy Cycleman


'Hot Lips' Salvia


'Pretty Much Picasso™' trial in Helen's Haven. A true proven winner




'Miss Huff' Lantana


American Beauty Berry, Aster, Salvia


Oakleaf Hydrangea so pretty in the fall.


Burgmansia detail


Brugmansia Angel Flower

Purple coneflower

Unknown reblooming Iris.  Somehow doesn't look natural in the fall landscape.




Sheffield Pink Mum from my friend kk


Purple Salvia


Edgeworthia still in leaf with flower heads forming


Big leaf Magnolia with Knock out Rose



'White Ball' Butterfly bush


Proven Winners Snow Princess™




Echinacea 'Double Pink Delight'

Brizillian Verbena


Rain lily


Red Bed in November


Carolina Jassamine


Rosa 'Pink Peace'



Tropical Snail Vine


Verbena 'Homestead Red'


Nippon Daisy


Unknown Dalhia


Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku'

Helen Yoest is a garden writer and coach through her business Gardening With Confidence™

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  1. Les said

    You have a lot going on right now. We have not even had a frost yet either and it looks as if we are safe another week. Are you saving the broccoli for Thanksgiving?

  2. Nell Jean said

    Lots of pretties still in bloom at your place. Here, too. Camellia sasanqua will carry us to Christmas and then C. japonicas will keep us blooming all winter.

    Happy Bloom Day.

  3. The broccoli is a funny story…sort of. As you know, we are organic. This is the first year we grew broccoli; he kids were so excited to see it grow. We picked our first bit to cook up for dinner. David picked off all the larvae before cooking. They are sneaking little devils. After the broccoli was cooked, it was taking David FOREVER to get the broccoli to the table, so I went to see what he was doing. He was picking out about 10 more cooked larvae in the pan. I looked in bowl of picked through broccoli and found more clung to the veggie. We got into a fit of laughter, knowing full well if the kids saw what we were doing, they our never eat broccoli again. We ate it; it was yummy. The kids never knew.

  4. Janet said

    Beautiful!! Love your Coralbark Maple. You have a wonderful selection of blooms still going strong.

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  6. patientgardener said

    I love your oak leaf hydranga. You have so many lovely plants at the moment.

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  8. Helen, Before Pesticides (BP?), we always used to have to pre-soak the broccoli before cooking. It was so long ago, I can’t remember if we used salt water. It rings a bell. There would be lots of little bugs and bugettes floating on the water, but I’m sure we ended up with plenty of additional protein. And we lived to tell the tale.

    I’m impressed with your November blooms.

  9. Hmmm, Helen. That seems logical. I will presoaking my broccoli in salt water. Question – what age do you think it is acceptable to let the kids know we picked more out once cooked AND we may not have gotten them all?

  10. I love that Tropical Snail Vine. Is it an annual or a perennial? I’ve never seen anything like it. All the purple/violet tints in your garden are lovely.

    Also, what is the Proven Winner Snow Princess? Is it a kind of sweet alyssum?

  11. Hey mss, The Snow Princess is a Lobularia hybrid and as the Proven Winners lit says, “it’s a unique breakthrough in the genus for heat tolerance and extended season performance. It’s an extremely vigorous, continuous bloomer that will make it an instant success with gardeners” I ditto that; and yes, it was an instant success with me. Snow Princess is part of the new 2010 collection, so I suppose it will be widely available in the spring. Although an annual, I plan to put lots in next year.

    The snail vine is a tropical annual. But it will scale 15 – 20 feet in a season. Blooms late though…just started really going late September. H.

  12. I had a giggle at the broccoli, but it is a flower. It seems so decadent to have Irises blooming in November providing such a great shot of color.

  13. Mr. McGregor’s Daughter, I agree about the iris. Seems so unnatural but lovely too.

  14. These pictures came out great. I really like the pics of the Hardy Cycleman and Oakleaf Hydrangea. I can’t believe how many things you have going on at your place. It’s very beautiful.

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