Welcome to a crisp, sunny 46 degrees F. on the Northern Plains. We’re USDA Zone 4-5a in this region, and flowers outdoors are behind us. These leaves lie beneath a Japanese maple tree. These leaf colors are paint-able but show that the tree didn’t reach its full color before the beginning of fall cold snaps.
Some plants still have fruit and seeds to offer birds and other wildlife, such as this sumac and bluestem grasses.
Eastern red cedar or juniper has been quite adaptive to this area, and the female trees have lots of berries for cedar waxwings and other birds. Fragrant green branches with berries will fill our window boxes for holiday décor.
Indoors, the first ‘Crimson King’ Camellia sasanqua are in bloom here! We have three species of Camellia shrubs, pruned for indoors, that grow in containers and spend the summer under a shade tree. They have been indoors for over a month and have lots of buds. They often bloom in these conditions in late fall.
Camellias prefer acidic soil. The plant grows outdoors in USDA Zone 7-9 in the southeastern United States, but containers work better if one grows them in this region. Once established, the plants may grow many years without exceptional care. Light flower fragrance reminds some of the cardamom spice.
After late fall blooming, the dark green glossy leaves in three lower Camellia containers add a feeling of an indoor garden in winter.
Thank you for celebrating this 15th with Plant Exchange blog. Please do visit us again.
When you’re ready to see what’s in bloom in other areas of the United States and other countries, go to May Dreams Gardens and find the November 15th post. At the end of that post, you will see many garden bloggers waiting to show you flowers in their regions. Here’s the link to her blog: http://www.maydreamsgardens.com