Tuesday, November 2, 2010

This Week In My Garden: It's November!

Join in the party for another Wordless Wednesday!

Stop by and see the Pineapple Sage for Rednesday over at It's A Very Cherry World

Check out all the outdoor shots over at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday
I'm also using the letter "G"
G is for GARDEN
G is for GREEN
I'm joining Jenny Matlock for another Alphabe-Thursday

This week's letter is "G"

The garden is all abuzz as the Canary Date Palms (Phoenix canariensis) break into bloom.

Cooler nights and days in the 70s make the Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans) very happy
in the garden.  It's at about 5' tall right now and will get cut down to about 12" in
another month or so, only to rise again next Spring.

There's probably close to 200 square feet of this beauty in the garden, grown from
about six cuttings taken from my old garden in 2007.

All the succulents in the garden are enjoying the cooler weather too and they
are wearing their lovely Fall colors to brighten the garden.

Last Winter was very hard on many things in my garden, including many of my Jade plants
that didn't appreciate the drop into the 30sF and the hard frosts.  They are rebounding and 
beginning to bloom.  Withered and dried stems are evidence of last year's damage.

One of my favorite perennials in the garden is Tagetes lemonii, a carefree perennial
Marigold that reseeds freely and is extremely aromatic. It's at about 5' surrounding
this garden light, but will soon be cut down for the winter.

Salvia madrensis is a beautiful yellow flowered perennial also known as Forsythia Sage.

My "fruitless" olive trees (Olea europaea - 'Treeland Fruitless')
are putting on a lot of olives this year!

A quick stop in the Rose Garden .... the Roses are coming out of their summer funk,
when our extremely hot dry temperatures can soar to 100+ for days.  Our weather has
been a little crazy lately, jumping around from 95F to 42F with an early hard rain storm.
Some of the roses are showing signs of distress at what should be a fairly temperate month.
Some soggy rain damage and buds that haven't fully unfurled, but still beatiful color
in my November Zone 10B garden.


'Tahitian Sunset'

'Mrs. Hillingdon'

A No-Name from Lowe's

'Sunset Celebration'


'St. Patrick'

'Tequila La Sevillana'
This is a beautiful rose with more yellow during the warmer months.
It always reminds me of the ruffles on the skirts of Flamenco dancers.

The clowns and dive bombers of the garden.
I have three feeders just outside the kitchen windows for the hummer crew.
At any given time during the year we have dozens of hummers that visit
the feeders, consuming 2-3 quarts of liquid food daily. Some go south for the
winter, but many of them are year round residents in my garden.

These images were all taken through the kitchen windows when I should
have been making dinner!

I received quite a few emails and comments on the hummers in my garden, 
so I've added a Postscript with only hummers:

Thanks so much for coming by to visit the garden again this week!


  1. Wow, I love all your flowers and plants. Your yard is lovely. The hummer mosaic is wonderful.

  2. what beautiful colors and textures you've captured. I love those beautiful reds.

  3. Your garden is wonderful. So very big too. I see many creatures love your garden as well. I hope this winter is kinder than last winter.

    Have a terrific day. :)

    Wordless Wednesday

  4. wow...great plants and great photos.

  5. Hi,
    First time visitor. Found you on WW. Wow! All the pics are lovely but those top bees a buzzin' are just fantastic!

  6. Absolutely gorgeous photos of your lovely garden! I especially love the very first photo - I've never seen Date Palms blooming (or at all, for that matter!). They look like popcorn kernals on a stalk, so much fun. And oh my gosh, I'm dying of envy over here with your hummer photos! All we ever get is one hummingbird. We have a territorial male and he chases everyone else away. WAH!

    Happy Rednesday,

  7. Beautiful pictures! Such vibrant colors! And I love the hummingbirds!


  8. I am in awe!!! I was gushing over the sage and the bees, the roses and succulents, but I have never, ever seen more than one hummingbird at a time. AMAZING!!

  9. Overwhelmingly beautiful. The date flower look like corn or honey combs. I imagine they are really sweet and fragrant. I can almost smell your roses creamy petals. Happy WW

  10. Beautiful shots. Vibrant colors and so lovely. Pretty music too. I am in awe of your hummingbird pics. What lens did you use?

  11. Such beautiful garden pictures but my favorites are your little hummer friends. I always smile when I see the hummingbirds :)


  12. These are stunning photos. The up close pic of the bees is amazing!!

    Happy WW!


  13. A lovely fall garden, roses are beautiful, so many hummingbirds, wow!

  14. Your photos are stunning. It must be great to have a garden that is so varied and vibrant in color.

  15. OMG! your photos are perfect! congrats!

    My admiration!


  16. Those hummingbirds must be having a convention at that feeder. So adorable!
    Joyce M

  17. Wow! your photos are truly beautiful!

  18. Your photos are gorgeous! My favorite is the cute little hummers.

  19. You have a winderful garden, love the humming birds but it is "Mrs. Hillingdon" rose that is my favorite.

  20. Me again that is "wonderful" not winderful...you think that I learn to type better or proofread better. Sorry ;-)

  21. Can I have coffee at your garden? It is so beautiful!

    Mariposa's WW!

  22. There are a lot of sweet visitors in your pretty garden with all the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds flitting about. The Canary Date Palm blooms look like popcorn. =)

  23. I really enjoyed this post! The only things blooming in my garden are a couple roses and some pots that escaped the frost. And the hummers are long gone. Your garden is just lovely, and so full of life!
    Happy REDnesday!

  24. Your garden is beautiful! And the hummingbirds, amazing!
    At the creek

  25. Wonderfull photos...your garden is very lovely!

  26. Your pictures are so vivid and crisp. Do you ever use them for cards? Love it. Is this from your garden?

  27. These images are absolutely breathtaking! Makes me appreciate God's creation more than ever.

  28. I'm so glad you came by to stroll through the garden with me! Thank you all for your generous comments, I do appreciate them.

    I'm using a Nikon D90 on an automatic setting with the standard kit lens. All the credit should go to the camera, NOT me. :-) These were taken through the kitchen window from inside the house.

    I've added a postscript post to this with a whole page of hummer images:


    I used to do cards with some of my flower images, but haven't done any in years.

    Thanks again for coming by and commenting....I'm a happy gardener.


  29. Beautiful captures! Beautiful 'G' post!

    Happy Alphabe-Thursday!

    XOXO Lola:)

  30. The bees and the hummingbirds were my favourites. What amazing photos. Don't give the camera all the credit. It didn't take the photos without you.

  31. wow! my garden is really into dormancy ... yours is so lively!!! it must be wonderful to have such a long lasting garden ... and those hummers are just so darn cute!!!

  32. Gorgeous shots of your amazing garden!

    Thanks for sharing them..

    love those hummingbirds..

  33. These are wonderful. I love the flowers with the bees. The close up shots really show amazing details.

  34. We have taken so MANY photos of our hummingbirds, but I never thought to put some of them into a mosaic. This is such a neat idea. You flowers are gorgeous. A lovely post....

  35. Great Pictures! I am following you, visiting from the Wordless Wednesday Linky Hop! This butterfly is happy to have landed in your garden, even if only for a moment!

    Happy Wordless Wednesday,

    ˙·٠•●♥ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♥●•●•
    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

  36. Goodness these are great shots in the garden! I am so impressed. Thanks much! Anne

  37. I bow to your photography skills, ma'am! Holy Cow! And your sedum, in particular, is Glorious!!

  38. gorgeous pictures ! So beautiful all these plants flowers and the little birdies !

  39. Thank you so much for the wonderful tour of your garden. Just beautiful. I loved that flower that was covered in red flowers like that. Just my favorite....The humming birds were amazing!

  40. Goregous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

    And Mrs. Hillingdon! Amazing!!!


  41. What a beautiful stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's letter "G".

    I love pineapple sage. It is one of my favorites...that color of red is always so elegant mixed with artemesias and roses.

    I was in my rose garden this morning and things are starting to look lovely again there, too. I covet a few of your varities I don't have. I need a bigger garden! But isn't that an always complaint of people who love plants?

    Thanks for letting us share this lovely visit with you.

    It was a GGGGGGGreat stop for the letter "G".


  42. Your GARDEN is GORGEOUS! And your photos are GREAT! GOOD GRIEF! I am impressed!!

  43. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed this little journey through the garden of "G".....it was a glorious day here today in the garden. 80F, no wind, white puffy clouds and blue sky .... just heavenly.


  44. Candy, this post is a feast! A sight for sore eyes! I just love the bees on the palm, and the sempers!

  45. simply amazing...Everything is just beautiful

  46. Some of the plants in your garden seem almost other-worldly from up here!
    We still have a few wee hummingbirds hanging around - not a good idea for them as it's supposed to be a cold winter.

  47. Amazing garden! Mine died out weeks ago. The Date Palm is really cool looking, it almost looks like popcorn in the close up shot.

  48. Interesting post! Wish I can see those flowers personally. Anyway, I enjoyed reading this post. Looking forward for your next one.


  49. Thanks everyone for stopping by to visit the garden! More garden pics will be posted later on today for this week in the garden, hope you'll stop back!



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