Thursday, November 25, 2010

My Favorites....This Month

"I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving."  Psalm 69:30

Simply Susan  invites bloggers to share their favorites each month on the 25th of the month.   My garden brings me joy all year long and so it is fitting to share my thankfulness for these favorite flowers on this day. 

The candy corn plant, Cuphea micropetala, was killed to the ground this past January and it was feared that it was not coming back.  A few spindly sprigs did return to bloom this month.  The blooms are pretty enough that it will get a reprieve from the shovel and given a chance to return to former glory.

Another favorite bush that isn't quite back to full size after being frozen, the Cassia bicapsularis, is popping out with it's lovely yellow blooms.  This bush has been providing suphur butterfly caterpillars with food since spring, yet is still able to produce a cloud of blossoms. 

Camellia sasanqua, 'Shishi Gashira,' was planted last January just after the freeze that took away so much of my garden.  It's still a very small bush, but it is loaded with buds ready to explode into bright pink double flowers.

Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide' is opening single red flowers just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. It should continue blooming right on through the Christmas season after which it is named. These cheery flowers will be greeting guests to My Garden Path when they arrive at the front door. 

My favorites for November are all, with the exception of the Cuphea, only winter bloomers.  The 'Candy Corn' will bloom much of the year if we have a mild winter.  I hope you are enjoying your November garden and will join Simply Susan in sharing your  favorites this month. 

I am thankful for the joy my garden brings.  Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. More lovely blooms from your gardens once again. My cassia is also in bloom.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Hugs ~ FlowerLady

  2. I tend to forget how great camelias are until frost kills everything else! Maybe this year I'll buy one as a consolation after a killing freeze.

  3. I like your candy corn plant...the name is cute, too. Glad it would have been a shame to lose it. That cassia is one of my favorites, too. Mine is loaded with buds and a few blossoms. Ah, and the just can't beat them in fall and winter. Hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving. Thanks for joining in.

  4. Your cuphea is a little different than the cigar plant ... I'm thinking. It is pretty and deserves another year to come back fully. I'm really enjoying the camellias, too. They are pokey at growing but the blooms are great for this time of year.

    I hope you and your family had a beautiful Thanksgiving. Hugs,

  5. Love your camellias, and I don't have any in my garden. I am so glad that you posted your candy corn plant since I have some unknown seedlings growing in the garden, and recently started showing some flowers, which look almost same as yours. I got to post some pictures when it has more flowers. Maybe you can help me confirm it then. Thanks!

  6. Happy Belated Thanksgiving, NanaK! I'm playing catch-up on blog-commenting today, and what a cheery sight to be greeted by when I opened your blog. Your little snow-man and poinsettia are so Christmas-cheery!

    Love your camellias! Yuletide is a fave of mine. Saw that Shishi Gashira at Home Depot yesterday. Begged husband to stop while we were Black-Friday shopping, as I am usually a long, long drive from any Home Depot. Love their garden center! Anyway, I'm hoping my small collection of camellias will bloom soon. They really should should pop anyday. I love camellia-blooming season!

  7. I always meet new plants here! Thank you, NanaK. That Shishi Gashira is adorable and Yuletide is so perfect for the holidays. How tricky/finicky are camellias?

  8. FlowerLady - I do love it when the cassia bursts into bloom. It has been a reliable November bloomer for me for a couple of years now. I'm sure in your warmer climate it probably lasts a little longer than here. But, maybe this year we will stay warm.

    RFG - The cold snap we had is exactly what prompted my first camellia purchase last January. It has been pest-free so far and gave me the confidence to add Yuletide. My gardenia bush was a bust due to mealybugs so I'm hoping the camellias won't suffer the same fate.

    Susan - I'm loving the camellias. Don't know why I haven't planted them before now. I have the perfect part-shade for them and they bloom opposite of the azaleas. Perfect.

    Meems - Those camellias are slow growing but maybe that is a good thing. As long as they bloom I'm happy.

    Ami - Unknown seedlings are always fun. Enjoy them whatever they turn out to be. But if cuphea of any type, you will love them.

    Floridagirl - This is my first go 'round with the camellias and so far, I'm loving them. I'm glad you enjoyed my header picture. I always decorate for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving and did so on the blog as well.

    Penlyn - I'm loving my camellias too right now. I have no idea how finicky they will be. They like part shade much like an azalea so my yard should be perfect for them. I've heard tales of mealy bugs and aphids but I haven't experienced that yet.

  9. Thanks Kay -- someday, I, too, shall have part shade! I think I must have heard that about camellias before, which shoots up a great big warning! flag when I start to covet them.


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