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Monday, November 15, 2010

A Visit to Norfolk Botanical Gardens - November Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

  My family and I spent the afternoon at Norfolk Botanical Gardens last week enjoying some of the fall colors in the garden. I enjoy visiting other gardens during non-peak times to get ideas on what looks good this time of year. Like any other gardener, my goal is to have color and interest in the garden year around. With that said, I'm going to fudge a little bit for this months bloom day and highlight some of my favorite blooms from our visit last week.

The fall blooming camellias stole my attention right away. They were absolutely gorgeous. Some were just starting to bloom and others were in full bloom like this one below. The ground was just littered with pink pedals.

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As expected, the chrysanthemum's were in full bloom. This one's called  'Hillside pink Sheffield'. I'm going to have to get some of these for my own garden next year!

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I'm going to need a little help with this next one. It's some kind of aster but I'm not sure of it's name. They were planted sporadically throughout the garden and provided a burst of color everywhere I saw them.

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Here's a closer look. If anyone knows please let me know in the comments. This is another plant I would like to incorporate into my own garden.

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Surprisingly, the roses were blooming like it was mid-summer. Lack of a hard frost has kept them looking good.

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I thought this was an attractive color combination below - Russian sage with black mondo grass planted in front. Although the blooms of the Russian sage die back in fall , the rest of the plant looks attractive for most of the winter, as well as the black mondo grass.

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Here's a neat plant called Pachystchys lutea 'Yellow Shrimp Plant'. The erect floral spikes are actually closely arranged bright yellow bracts. Small white flowers appear in between the bracts.

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Berries were very abundant in the garden, as you can see with this pyracantha koidzumii 'Victory'.

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And this viburnum. This one is called Viburnum dilatatum 'Erie'.

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Crabapples are some of my favorite trees and they didn't disappoint.

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These weren't labeled so I'm not sure about the name.

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This one below is 'prairie fire'. Crabapple trees are great to have in the home landscape. They provide food for wintering birds and other wildlife.

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I hope you've enjoyed this pictorial tour of the gardens with me. If you want to see more be sure to visit Mays Dreams Gardens blog for this month’s Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.

8 comments:

Mac_fromAustralia said...

Lovely photos. I especially like the second photo, of the camellia bloom. Also the golden rose tinged with pink, and the shrimp plant.

Les said...

I haven't been able to make to the gardens this fall. Last year it was wonderful. I got there right at peak sasanqua season.

The Redneck Rosarian said...

Great pictures. The rose looks like "Love & Peace". It's great to have an abundance of blooms even in November, isn't it? The camellia's are so nice.

scottweberpdx said...

Great shots...your garden is still looking pretty fresh! I think that may be Calico Aster...but I'm no expert.

April Lorier said...

Just breath taking, my friend. The second photo is my favorite - what a great job at photographing!

BTW, did you receive the video I sent to you?

Janet said...

I think the best place for seeing Camellias is the Norfolk Botanical Garden....such a grand collection.
That little Aster might be Symphyotrichum pilosum --
Frost Aster. Sweet little blooms.

Linda said...

Wow, that's a lot of color for November! Of course, it's warmer in Norfolk than it is here in Virginia's mountains. We still have a few blooms though due to the unusually warm weather.

Jan@Thanks for today. said...

I want to visit NBG some day...but it seems whenever we go down to that area it's just a quick trip to visit our daughter in college. Your photos are lovely, and so nice to see what was happening in November--a time when our own gardens are going downhill fast! See you over at State-by-State;-)