November Blooms Day in Toronto

Blooming now: interesting leaf patterns on the Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’

There’s very little blooming in the November Microgarden. But wait! There’s so much, if you look closely. Like the vision of old friends doing new tricks in the image above. Every autumn, the red-purple leaves of the purple smoke tree (Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’) put on a slightly different display. Let’s see what else is blooming in November in my garden. Then let’s all zip over to May Dreams Gardens to see what Carol has attracted from around the world this 15th of the month.

Blooming now: Next year’s flower buds on my Azalea ‘Mandarin Lights’ – a bright orange cultivar in the ‘Northern Lights’ series. Fat buds also “blooming” with promise include those on the hellebores and lilac. Bring ’em on, Spring!
Blooming now: The last of the fall colour on my Japanese maple (Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’), frost-frizzled but bright, and still lighting up the garden. Also “blooming” with fall colour, my Spirea bumalda ‘Goldflame’, the lingering Fothergilla foliage, tan flowers with their own beauty on four cultivars of Hydrangea and all the golden hostas.
Blooming now: Some winter seed interest – and possibly some spring weeding. Pesky self-seeders “blooming” with seeds right now, besides the Northern sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) above, are garlic chive (Allium tuberosum). Besides being pretty, however, the latter hold the promise of many tasty salads. Forgiven.
Blooming now: A few, determined hangers on. From a single plant, Corydalis lutea has totally colonized my garden, but not in a way that’s unpleasant. And for sheer flower power, this little baby can’t be beat, blooming from early spring to late fall.
Blooming now: A lot of free compost! Yes, I’ll be hauling out the leaf shredder to munch a bunch of leaves this weekend. Thanks to my kind neighbour S, I have a new reel of weed-whipper cord. In return, I pledge to avoid naptime for the kiddles.
Blooming now: The foretaste of Christmas stuffing. Nothing beats growing your own sage. Consider that sage advice.



  1. Lovely corydalis blooms, Helen. I have killed too many blue species. Maybe yellow is the answer? And I like your sage advice – stuffing time is nearly here!

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