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November Blooms


Helenium autumnale 'Helena Red Shades'

Happy November Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day! This is the time of the year when we start to feel a little guilty about having all kinds of stuff blooming, not too guilty. Maybe two months ago I stuck Helenium autumnale ‘Helena Red Shades’  in a container on the part shade side of the garden not expecting much, but I’m loving it.

Lotus maculatus explosion

It’s a waterfall of orangey goodness! We flipped the grill container around a month or two ago & the Lotus is going nuts.

Crassula falcata

We ripped out a big Crassula falcata last winter, but a kept a couple chunks around. This one’s looking remarkably clean. The old one was pretty spotty. Seems to be cool with part shade.

Crassula corymbulosa


Cestrum 'Newellii'

Aloe arborenscens

Tropaeolum tuberosum & Eccremocarpus

The hummingbirds have been going nuts for the Tropaeolum tuberosum. Just when I think that the Eccremocarpus scaber ‘Cherry Red’ is dead it busts out with another flower.

Asclepias physocarpa

I thought this plant was a goner back in August/September. It was getting beat to crap by light brown apple moths & pretty much looking pitiful, but it looks like we’re going to see some “Family Jewel” action soon. It’s happy & covered in flowers.

Faucaria sp.

Nemophila menziesii "Baby Blue Eyes"

I’m hooked on Nemophilas. I’ve heard snails love them, but so far we’ve been lucky.

Nemophila menziesii 'Penny Black'

Nemophila menziesii ‘Penny Black’ is one of my favorite annuals on the planet. I’ll be jamming this plant in to nooks and crannies forever. Tons of my favorite CA native spring annuals are back at Annie’s along with poppies & sweet peas.

Petunia exserta still looking sexy

Cuphea cyanea "Pink Cigar Plant"

Happy Blooms!








  1. Megan, Your ‘Helena Red Shades” really caught my eye. I live in the small town of Helena, Al…. Very pretty. Thanks for visiting my blog… Happy GBBD!

  2. Pretty exciting! I especially like seeing the Nemophila. I do mine from seed, so I won’t be seeing any for a while. Still, it’s great to be reminded of what will greet me in not too many months…

    Happy guilt-free November to you!

  3. The Helena is indeed gorgeous! Love the colouring. Your garden is looking very vibrant with all the colour. The Baby blue eyes is toooo cute!
    Happy GBBD :)

  4. I’ve got some nemophilia varieties in planters at the moment and I’m waiting for them to grow! I can’t wait to see what they look like for me.

    Love your blooms! Happy GBBD :)

  5. Don’t feel guilty for having lots of flowers to show off! Own it – they’re gorgeous!

  6. Such wonderful November blossoms. Thank you for sharing them with us.

  7. all that red… what a joy!

  8. Love the Lotus maculatus explosion!

  9. Oh my goodness…what gorgeous blooms! Don’t feel guilty–although I am a bit envious! 😉 Lovely photos!

  10. seeing your bloomday brings me serious zone envy! looking absolutely stunning as always!

  11. Lovely post…I’m totally smitten by the black Nemophilla…must have it!

  12. i’m fantasizing waking up at dawn with a cup of coffee and waliking through your garden, just after taking my medicinal cure-all medicine.

  13. So many beautiful blooms! I especially like the heliopsis. I moved many non-hardy succulents into the house, but finally had to put them in the basement because of their very odd fragrance. We are getting very cold and right now, San Francisco sounds very inviting! Larry

  14. lovely blossoms… love the heliopsis… and they grow so well you can’t help but plant them.

  15. I didn’t realize that Nemophila bloomed in the fall too. That is pretty cool.

  16. Happy November garden indeed and yours looks ecstatic with so many wonderfully beautiful blooms.

    As I review your photos I cannot make up my mind which is my favorite but I guess if I had to vote than it would be for the Nemophila menziesii ‘Penny Black’ because I have never been successful with it myself.

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