Thursday, November 15, 2012

Blooms! Blooms! Are there any Blooms out there?


What could possibly still be blooming in my gardens? 
It's GBBD and I woke up early to find the answer.


Last week's snow has melted 
but the night-time temps are still below freezing
and the Highland winds have now left our trees bare naked.
 
Could there be any blooms out there?
O-h-h but it's so frosty cold. 
Be brave. 



A rose that's just hanging on...
but still 
oh, so beautiful. 




Close-up of the sugar coated frost-ing 
this morning brings.





"If you can just hold on a little longer dearie...

you might become a plump little 'rose hip' like me."


Hmm... that little rose may have missed her chance. 
It will have to warm up a whole lot for that to happen.









The pom-poms of the Sea Thrift aren't easily swayed by the cold.

They'll be blooming till their buried 
and will be one of the first to bloom again next Spring.




The Quick Fire Hydrangea has long ago lost it's rosy color
but it's golden tones will last well into the Winter.

They are definitely some of the bones of my garden...
I've planted them everywhere!


As are the Limelight Hydrangeas. 
The sun is up now and the frost is melting quick.
Did you catch the sparkling crown on these dainty blooms?


Oh my! What do I spy?
This sweet little violet alive and vibrant 
near the foundation of our home. 
Must have found a little sunbeam that enticed it to bloom.
 
 

Sweet Alyssum is always a stalwart. 
Always the last living bloom in my gardens.



Hearty burgundy mums 
still find enough warmth to keep them alive.



And this Echinacea will live to dance another day.

♥  ♥  ♥

Before the last snowfall I spied a little Scabiosa 
just beginning to bloom. 
With already a dozen or so frosty nights, 
I smiled at this little blooms fortitude.
All the other blooms in his garden were long gone.

I'll take his pic tomorrow, I thought.
Then tomorrow it snowed and snowed and snowed
and I never took his picture.

But since our snow melted....


Look who I found!
Don't let the color fool you. 
He is literally frozen stiff.

What a brave little bloom he is.

So happy to join Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.
Head on over to see Carol 
and all the others who honor this day.




63 comments:

  1. You inspire me to look more closely at plants outdoors. I did have a rose hip to photograph and there are other plants of beauty even now in the temperate zone where I live. Thanks.

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  2. So wonderful to see any color other then brown and white right now...even if it is frozen.

    Jen

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  3. happy GBBD Carolyn, your blooms look even sweeter with their sugar frosting covers on. Brrr, stay warm ...

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  4. happy GBBD Carolyn, your blooms look even sweeter with their sugar frosting covers on. Brrr, stay warm ...

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  5. Yes there are some enchanting perks that come with the c-c-cold.

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  6. Yes there are some enchanting perks that come with the c-c-cold.

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  7. Galloping Horse GardenerJanuary 9, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Your photography is stunning! 

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  8. Galloping Horse GardenerJanuary 9, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Your photography is stunning! 

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  9. I love this hardy crew of flowers you have, braving the cold and snow!  It only makes me admire them more :)  Beautiful photos, I especially love that rose.

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  10. I love this hardy crew of flowers you have, braving the cold and snow!  It only makes me admire them more :)  Beautiful photos, I especially love that rose.

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  11. Thank you for visiting. I've always found beauty in a dying rose.

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  12. Thank you for visiting. I've always found beauty in a dying rose.

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  13. Poor little scabiosa! It was such a warm and wonderful fall, but we've finally had a few hard freezes, and I'm not sure there is anything left out there in my garden. Tomorrow I brave the cold morning to find out!

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  14. Poor little scabiosa! It was such a warm and wonderful fall, but we've finally had a few hard freezes, and I'm not sure there is anything left out there in my garden. Tomorrow I brave the cold morning to find out!

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  15. Oh I hope you find some treasures!

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  16. Oh I hope you find some treasures!

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  17. I love when flowers are frozen...amazing how blooms come through snow.

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  18. I love when flowers are frozen...amazing how blooms come through snow.

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  19. I enjoy finding those little pretties.

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  20. I enjoy finding those little pretties.

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  21. Landscape Design By Lee A GuidJanuary 9, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Sweet post and love the Sweet Alyssum poking its blooms through the leaves and snow.  Happy GBBD!

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  22. Landscape Design By Lee A GuidJanuary 9, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Sweet post and love the Sweet Alyssum poking its blooms through the leaves and snow.  Happy GBBD!

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  23. Gotta love the Sweet Alyssum for its staying power!! Lovely pos Carolyn!

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  24. Gotta love the Sweet Alyssum for its staying power!! Lovely pos Carolyn!

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  25. Yes... they are valiant survivors.

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  26. Yes... they are valiant survivors.

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  27. I am always amazed at how some flowers hang on through the worst of snow and sleet. I find them struggling yet still have beauty. We have not hit the snow as of yet but I do enjoy the images taken in the snow. I really like your Hydrangea in shadow, what a pretty shot. The shadow shows off all the texture of the plant and delicate detailing.

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  28. I am always amazed at how some flowers hang on through the worst of snow and sleet. I find them struggling yet still have beauty. We have not hit the snow as of yet but I do enjoy the images taken in the snow. I really like your Hydrangea in shadow, what a pretty shot. The shadow shows off all the texture of the plant and delicate detailing.

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  29. I like that shot, too. Caught the emerging morning sun just right.

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  30. I like that shot, too. Caught the emerging morning sun just right.

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  31. Great blooms. You really got some great shots with the frost on them. Looks like this is their last days until next year. Have a nice weekend.
    Cher
    Sunray
    Gardens

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  32. Great blooms. You really got some great shots with the frost on them. Looks like this is their last days until next year. Have a nice weekend.
    Cher
    Sunray
    Gardens

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  33. Last days indeed. After so many days of freezing cold, it will be a miracle to find a bloom out there.

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  34. Last days indeed. After so many days of freezing cold, it will be a miracle to find a bloom out there.

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  35. Brrr... I'm cold looking at those pics! But isn't the frosted rose lovely? It looks like your garden will still be a source of beauty all through winter.

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  36. Brrr... I'm cold looking at those pics! But isn't the frosted rose lovely? It looks like your garden will still be a source of beauty all through winter.

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  37. Well, yes and no... sometimes after all the color has faded from the prolonged freezing temps, there are periods of no snow but oh so cold. That's when you have to use your imagination to see the beauty.

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  38. Sweet--you found a lot of lovely blooms...in spite of the cold and snow!

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  39. Sweet--you found a lot of lovely blooms...in spite of the cold and snow!

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  40. I love how the blooms change as the season becomes so cold.  Kind of eases the disappointment of going from Autumn to Winter so quickly.

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  41. What gorgeous fall scenes in your garden, and you've captured them so beautifully.  I just added a Quick Fire hydrangea to our garden this fall - nice to see the recommendation!  It had been cut back at the nursery, so no blooms.  Can't wait to see them next year.

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  42. What gorgeous fall scenes in your garden, and you've captured them so beautifully.  I just added a Quick Fire hydrangea to our garden this fall - nice to see the recommendation!  It had been cut back at the nursery, so no blooms.  Can't wait to see them next year.

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  43. They are certainly a favorite of mine. 

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  44. They are certainly a favorite of mine. 

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  45. Hi Carolyn, those frosted roses look so amazing, like pieces of art :-) Great use of light in your photos, that low, glowing November sunshine really enhanced your pictures. Happy GBBD!

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  46. Hi Carolyn, those frosted roses look so amazing, like pieces of art :-) Great use of light in your photos, that low, glowing November sunshine really enhanced your pictures. Happy GBBD!

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  47. Thank you, Helene. The morning light is magical... but oh was it cold!

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  48. Thank you, Helene. The morning light is magical... but oh was it cold!

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  49. Hi Carolyn, I feel sorry for the poor little flowers being frosted,  but this is nature. And the sight of snow and frost can be beautiful especially in your garden.
    Best Wishes
    Karen.

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  50. Hi Carolyn, I feel sorry for the poor little flowers being frosted,  but this is nature. And the sight of snow and frost can be beautiful especially in your garden.
    Best Wishes
    Karen.

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  51. Always beautiful... but it does require quite a mind shift. Either we can mourn our loss or rejoice in the new season.  I've always chosed the latter. 

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  52. Every bloom is special in the frost and snow!  The frost looks so pretty.  I love when it crystalizes like that!

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  53. Every bloom is special in the frost and snow!  The frost looks so pretty.  I love when it crystalizes like that!

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  54. I do, too! It doesn't happen all that often here...the moisture in the air has to be just right.

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  55. I do, too! It doesn't happen all that often here...the moisture in the air has to be just right.

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  56. Just looking at all that frost and snow makes me cold!  ;)  But I cheered for the little scabiosa - I love that plant, and seeing its blooms always warms my heart a little.  Happy GBBD!

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  57. I feel the same about that little guy... definitely holds a place in my heart. Isn't that funny how some blooms just capture our hearts? 

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  58. Freeze-dried flowers! I'm seeing Alyssum in many gardens this Bloom Day, what a trooper it is.

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  59. Roses are beautiful, even when frozen. Great photos. I only have snow and fog.

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