Yellow flowers are making the biggest splash this month, as they light things up under gloomy skies.
|When Senna (Cassia) bicapsularis 'Worley's Butter Cream' blooms, I wonder why I don't have more of these shrubs in my garden|
|Like the larger variety, this Tagetes lemmonii 'Compacta' tends to flop but I love the flowers for their color and their scent|
|All it took was a little rain to send Euryops 'Sonnenschein' into a paroxysm of flowers|
|Gazinia 'New Day Yellow' produces large blooms for the size of the plant|
|Even the succulent Graptoveria 'Fred Ives' is getting into the action, producing a large flower stalk|
There are also flashes of orange and red here and there.
|Aloe 'Johnson's Hybrid' is a relatively new acquisition - I wish I'd bought more (It looks especially nice with the Alternanthera tenella, doesn't it?)|
|This unidentified Aloe (maybe A. 'Pink Blush'?) is a vigorous bloomer with stalks that stand straight|
|Senecio fulgens (photobombed here by a flowering Echeveria) is producing another round of blooms|
|This Bougainvillea provides a dash of red in the front yard|
|The Gomphrena haageana blooms keep coming|
|Hemerocallis 'Spanish Harlem' keeps on blooming, albeit usually producing only one flower at a time|
|The recent heat took a toll on Rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy's' foliage but the flowers keep coming|
Adding more red and orange, berries are popping up everywhere.
|Heteromeles arbutifolia, named the official native plant of Los Angeles a couple years ago, is starting to produce a mass of red berries|
|Berry production on Nandina domestica has been in process for some time|
|Even the chlorotic Pittosporum (Auranticarpa) rhombifolia is producing berries|
Although the yellows, oranges and reds draw the eye, pink flowers are making a stand in the garden as well, outnumbering their splashier and flashier companions.
|After struggling with the heat in early fall, Camellia sasanqua is now hitting its stride|
|Close-up of Camellia sasanqua bloom|
|Flowers are usually present almost year-round on the Arbutus 'Marina' but, after being pruned early this year, they're only now returning in force|
|As you can see here, my Arbutus are making up for lost time, making the hummingbirds very happy - the flowers look coral here but they're really more pink|
|Bauhinia x blakeana has begun another bloom cycle since the temperatures cooled|
|A Geranium sanguineum I have no record of planting has begun blooming|
|Leptospermum scoparium 'Pink Pearl' has pumped out more flowers since the weather cooled too|
|This Pelargonium peltatum (aka ivy geranium) has decided that it wants to climb|
|The Pennisetum 'Fireworks' have settled in comfortably despite regular digging around their base by raccoons and skunks|
|All the Pentas lanceolata are blooming - this one is 'Nova'|
|Even the 'Pink Meidiland' roses, shown here with Cuphea ignea 'Starfire Pink,' have produced a few blooms despite a sorry performance earlier this year|
There is a scattering of blue and purple blooms too.
|Ageratum houstonianum 'Blue Horizon' looks better now than when I planted it in spring but I don't know if I'll grow it next year|
|Aster x frikartii 'Monch' is taking its own sweet time to get established but I love it anyway|
|Barleria obtusa has a sprawling habit, which makes it hard to photograph|
|The beautiful Eustoma grandiflorum 'Borealis Blue' is back in bloom|
|Lobelia erinus may not be exciting but it self-seeds freely here and, after disappearing during the peak of the heat, it's reappearing all over (shown here coming up in a pot underneath a blueberry shrub)|
|This new Osteospermum ecklonis is 'Berry White' - I like it just as much as '3D Silver,' which has been a mainstay in my garden|
|Salvia leucantha is coming to the end of its bloom cycle|
|Solanum xantii, a California native, is one of my latest finds - the purple color is even brighter than it looks here|
There are only a few white flowers, making me wonder why I haven't added any Argyranthemum to my garden this year.
|Eustoma grandiflorum 'Echo White' isn't quite as double or as vigorous as the blue form but it's still pretty with its bright green throat|
|Hibiscus trionum (aka flower of an hour), sold to me by my local botanic garden, turns out to be a weed in parts of the country but it has been well-behaved here thus far|
|All my Leucanthemum x superbum (Shasta daisies) were hit hard by the heat this year but they're slowly making a comeback|
That's it for my November Bloom Day round-up. Please visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens, the host of the world-wide gardening event that is Bloom Day, and you'll find photos of what is lighting up gardens elsewhere this November.
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