Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - November 2011

90% of Texas remains in Extreme or Exceptional Drought. Nonetheless, we had a bit of a sprinkle on the 6th and a goodly amount of rain today (1/2 inch in my garden). As a result, I have blooms to share.

In the vegetable garden, 'Ichiban" Japanese eggplant continues to bloom and produce small, tasty eggplants.
'Ichiban' eggplant

Each purple blossom is a potential eggplant. The sepals of the five-lobed calyx look like a little octopus to me.
'Ichiban' eggplant

In the back yard, a handful of 'Bright Lights' cosmos have popped up.
'Bright Lights' cosmos

But most importantly, the roses are back!

'La Marne' is putting out sweet little nosegays.
'La Marne' rose

'Old Blush' is as big as a hedge and covered in blossoms (and bees.)
'Old Blush' rose

It reminds me of a big rose-patterned quilt. I just want to wrap myself up in it!
'Old Blush' rose

'Dame du Coeur' has put out a dozen soft, velvety blossoms that smell like fresh rosy apples.
'Dame du Coeur' rose

The "Chrysler' rose was hit hard by heat and drought this summer, but has managed one tiny fall blossom with a big rose scent.
'Chrysler' rose

What bloomers survived your summer to tell the tale? Visit May Dreams Gardens and post all about 'em.

Words and photos © 2009-2011 Caroline Homer for "The Shovel-Ready Garden". Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.


  1. Beautiful, all of them! I especially like the 'Old Blush' rose.

  2. Wow, the Old Blush is huge! What a lovely rose to have in the landscape. And it's nice to be reminded that even a veggie bloom can be beautiful.

  3. Glad you received some rain. We are 2 feet below average in rainfall...I love, love, love, love, love, love Old Blush!!!!

  4. Love your roses. Especially the Old Blush.
    My cosmos got frozen. Several really cold mornings down here.

    Happy Bloomday.

  5. So glad for your rain...and the garden is looking fabulous! That 'Old Blush' Rose is so charming...love it!

  6. I'm envious, you get more than one eggplant at a time. And that bushy rose is to die for.
    BTW, my blog has a new URL if you care to update links:

  7. Lovely! Glad we finally got some rain.

  8. The shape, foliage and carpet of blooms on your Old Blush- bananas!

  9. Wow, "Old Blush" is just spectacular! And--I love your photo of the eggplant blossom. I had no success with eggplant this summer, but I'll try again next year! Wishing you and all of the TX gardeners an end to your terrible drought. Happy GBBD!

  10. Oh, only to have enough sun for Old Blush! She is beautiful!! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving ;)