What was once taken for granted is now treasured.
This is true for so many things, on this 15th of November, Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. This meme is brought to us on the 15th of each month by an Indiana blog, May Dreams Gardens.
We are about to enter into the dreaming part of our four season climate, as we progress from "fall" into "fell". (That's not my original thought, by the way).
What is now treasured is every outdoor bloom I find in my zone 5b garden near Binghamton, New York.
There are the hardy flowers that have survived without any protection, such as this petunia, which reseeded itself into a space between two patio pavers and which I discovered a month or so ago behind a pot.
There are the flowers that have survived with protection or brought in on frosty nights (we got down to 31 degrees last night), like this calibrachoa.
Or this begonia, which I rescued from the "reduced and almost dead" area of my local Aldi supermarket back in the spring. It has rewarded me continuously in thanks.
The blurry, such as this blooming rosemary. Soon it will be taken in for good, and overwintered in our house.
An African violet in today's early morning sunshine. I've managed to kill three of mine this year and this is the only one blooming.
And finally, my camilla, April Rose. Camillas are not supposed to grow in our zone, but, as I've blogged before, we are going to try with this one purchased in North Carolina this past spring. The buds are there. Will they ever open?
Now that you have seen my garden, please go to May Dreams Gardens and check out what is blooming all over the world.
Today is day 15 of NaBloPoMo, where I link with other bloggers blogging every day in November.
What is blooming for you today?