Tuesday, November 15, 2011

November Buds of Clematis and Roses

It is the middle of November, but winter has not reached the Red House yet.  Indeed, several plants are still enjoying their fall flush of blooms, the most noticeable of which are the roses and clematis. 

My little rose bushes that I planted this year are blooming and still have several more promising fat buds on them.

Rosa 'Souvenir de la Malmaison' still blooming
The most surprising November blooms in the garden belong to my Clematis 'Bill Mackenzie', which, while nonchalantly taking over my front porch, has produced barely a handful of blooms in its two year existence.  It has now decided to have a small flush of blooms, perhaps in response to me threatening it with a move to a remote corner of the garden.


The blooms tend to get lost when there are only a few of them, but are quite cute and cheerful up close.

Clematis 'Bill Mackenzie
The Clematis 'Jackmanii' has been going for weeks and doesn't seem to have any plans of slowing down just yet, as long as winter is held at bay.

Clematis 'Jackmanii', still full of buds
But it is the sporadic fall blooms of Clematis 'Guernsey Cream' that are my favorite.  I shall leave you with the opening of one of its buds throughout this past November week.

Clematis 'Guernsey Cream'
 
To see what is blooming in gardens all over the world this November, check out Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day hosted by May Dreams Garden.

10 comments:

  1. Bravo Guernsey Cream! Enjoy your last flowers Indie!

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  2. I'm very envious of your clematis: just lovely, but no hope of growing them here I fear. However, the rose Souvenir de la Malmaison is quite popular in this corner of Queensland. I think we sometimes call it the Montville rose after a pretty country town about an hour or so from Brisbane. It seems to hold up well in our humidity. Thanks for the lovely images for bloom day.

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  3. Wonderful blooms still going on for you. Love the Rose.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  4. In love with your Clematis 'Bill Mackenzie. Hope to be able to plant this in my garden too.

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  5. Not fair! I'm zone 7b,too, and MY clematis don't look like your! ;-) "Bill Mackenzie" and Guernsey Cream are just lovely. I think those are on my wish list now. Thanks for sharing! Happy GBBD!

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  6. This post reminded me that I killed a Jackmanii this year - I need to replace it! I love clematis, although I don't have the best luck with them. Yours are beautiful! Guernsey Cream is adorable.

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  7. Oh, look at that beautiful lady rose! A dowager resting. :) Thanks for the display of clematis. It was good to get a bit of view from 'home'. I was born and bred in Elizabeth City.

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  8. Beautiful post...I have a Clematis that is very similar to 'Bill McKenzie', Clematis tibetana...which is, indeed, bent on dominating my backyard!

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  9. You have some clematis all-stars for sure! I love your sequence for the 'GC' openning its bloom... very pretty.

    Glad to find your great garden blog! Looking forward to reading more.
    Julie

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  10. Katie - I love the Guernsey Cream blooms. I wish I could capture them on film better - they look so stunning in person!

    Marisa - That is too bad - I love your beautiful tropical blooms, though! I saw a picture of Souvenir de la Malmaison in a book and had to have it. The blooms are so pretty!

    Sunray - Thank you!

    Dewi - Just be careful and don't make the mistake I did - plant it where there is LOTS of room for it :)

    Julie - To be fair, those clematis are in the most sheltered and babied position in my entire garden :) I've had other clematis in the garden that have not done nearly so well!

    HolleyGarden - Clematis are one of my favorite flowers! They truly need a lot of babying in the beginning, though, and they need a good location as far as getting the right amount of sun and proper soil. I've killed a couple of clematis at the Red House!

    curtissannmatlock - I've lived in a lot of places, but I am enjoying North Carolina a lot. It really is a great place to grow a lot of beautiful flowers, as well as raise a family!

    scottweberpdx - I hope yours flowers more than mine! Mine puts all of its energy into growing and growing.. :)

    Julie - Thank you! I'm glad you like it!

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