In mid-November, leaves have fallen, seemingly wrenched from trees’ grip by persistent autumn downpours and chilly breezes. Leaves colored late, then fell in a huff, accumulating in soggy heaps in this garden, a less than graceful entrance into dormancy.
Unquestionably, there is beauty in the garden through the year. If not a flower or brilliantly colored leaf, a bud or bark might capture the gardener’s fancy as autumn fades to winter. Still, despite November freezes, there are flowers. Camellias (below) and mahonias are planned for late autumn blooms, but there are also accidents, late winter flowering spireas (above) and witch hazels (at top) provoked into bloom by a confluence of weather events.
Sturdy and long blooming hybrid daphnes (Daphne x transatlantica), flowering since March to varying degrees, remain in scattered bloom despite a twenty-three degree (Fahrenheit) night and others well below the freezing mark. A night or two with temperatures in the teens will put an end to this. Flowers of camellias are browned by low twenty degree nights, but there will be more flowers with any period of milder temperatures.