I zipped out into the cold and took Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day photos. Yes, I have a few flowers! Here in Maryland it is cold (in the 30s F.) but not as cold as in the center of the U.S., where the arctic air has been forced well south (meanwhile, it is warm in Alaska). Next week we will have another blast of even colder air, so I think my blooms will disappear, but for now -
I love this. Two blooms appeared yesterday on this clematis (whose name I forget) that grows by the mailbox and refuses to climb it even when provided with assistance and support; it prefers to creep. These flowers are a very cheerful sight.
Of longer standing are the fall burst of roses on my Bonica shrubs:
They just keep hanging out there, not fading; I keep touching them to see if they are plastic, but no.
And there is still one battered Japanese anemone in the bed by the side of the house:
Also lots of nice fall leaf color still. Here's the Mohawk viburnum in front:
That one green leaf is not a joiner. You go, leaf!