There are excellent reasons to garden in an area with distinct changes of seasons, but that doesn’t mean I must be happy that nighttime lows are now falling regularly into the twenties (Fahrenheit). I prefer the milder temperatures of October, but my vote counts for nothing on this matter, of course, and I’m uncertain if chilly and dry is better or worse than another week of mild and wet.
Flowers of camellias are not damaged after a twenty-three degree night, but blooms of azaleas and toad lilies (Tricyrtis) have turned brown. White flowered camellias (Camellia ‘Winter’s Snowman’, above), typically earlier than pinks in this garden, are now blooming weeks after the first pink camellias, and without severe cold flowering of white and pink camellias is likely to continue for weeks.
Though it flowers in early spring, the few stray blooms of the yellow leafed ‘Ogon’ spirea (Spirea thunbergii ‘Ogon’, above) are not unusual in mid-November, and occasionally through the winter months. More than once, I’ve expected this would diminish spring flowering, but if so, the effect is slight.
After a slow start, foliage colors of Japanese maples have delighted in recent weeks. But today, following repeated rains and chilly breezes, the garden is carpeted by colorful leaves (below).