November is a special time for three plants in my garden. First, the Philippine violet, Barleria cristata. Dying back down to the ground every winter, it takes time to fill out into a rounded 5' bush before bursting into bloom.
The copper canyon daisy, Tagetes limmonii.
Seen here mixed with gomphrena.
The Mexican mint Marigold, Tagetes lucida. Sometimes used as a substitute for tarragon. It has a tendency to be a little invasive. Here I have allowed a plant to grow in between the pavers in the herb garden.
I'm not actually sure what this red salvia or where it came from. It spreads by underground runners forming a green mat and sending up spikes of red flowers from time to time. It seems to flower better during the cooler weather. Thanks to one reader, now identified as Salvia darcyi.
Cat's whiskers, Orthosiphon aristatus, still blooming, but with smaller spikes.
Blanket flowers, Gaillardia aristata, never seems to stop blooming.
This one came back true to the parent plant, which was a hybrid I grew last year. It found a home in between the vegetable beds and of course I let it stay.
And still the cone flowers, Echinacea purpurea, keep blooming.
and the little flowers of the snapdragon vine among the chile pequin.
Wright's skullcap, Scutellaria wrightii.
Wait a minute! This leather flower, Clematis pitcheri, shouldn't be flowering now.
and it is far too early for the Carolina jessamine, Gelsemium sempervirens. However, at the Wildflower Center on Thursday I saw an Anacacho orchid tree in full bloom. Clearly, others are experiencing this out of season blooming. I wonder what will happen in the spring!
Happy Bloom Day.