First frost but the garden is still going….

The was a first light frost down to about 29f  last week but many Fall bloomers are still in bloom….

The basjoo banana have a little bit of frost damage on the upper leaves


And eastern red maples are very colorful

And more maples

And I traveled to the coast of North Carolina over Thanksgiving and enjoyed the warm weather … and the various palms ..

Cabbage palmettos

A California fan palm (Washingtonia)

The Atlantic Ocean

Instead of a traditional thanksgiving dinner we had an oyster roast!




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Fall color and bloomers

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’ (Witch Hazel)

Fortune’s Sweet Olive (Osmanthus x fortunei)

Basjoo banana (Musa basjoo)

Eastern Red Maple (Acer rubrum)

Salvia puberula ‘El Butano”. 

And Camellia sasanqua – unknown cultivar

Of course- Buttefly Ginger : Hedychium coronarium

It’s not over! The Prunus mume will be next!


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Fall means hurricane… I hope!

We have our usual drought conditions here in the piedmont of North Carolina in August and September but sometimes a hurricane or tropical storm will bring rain.

Some plants like viburnum will drop all their leaves.

Autumn clematis bloom and Shiso/perilla, too!

And other fall bloomers and growers and plants respond to the cooler temps!

Flowering gingers – Daniel Weeks

Pickerel rush in the pond


Another flowering ginger- hedychium coccineum 

Lycoris or hurricane lily 

And bananas!

Time for the garden to slow down…..

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