November can be a pretty month in the North, especially if you like the subdued beauty of shape and muted color that marks our usual landscape. But pink flowers? Not usually.
Still this weekend while cleaning up the garden, I came across two very unexpected blooms. To my surprise, they were still out there this morning, after our first dusting of snow fell overnight. On the pergola out back, the ‘Bee’s Jubilee’ clematis put out a couple of last blooms in the dim sun. Then, to my surprise, I found this pot of Superbena ‘Coral Red’, an annual verbena that came as part of the Proven Winners trial plants. It did not do well early in the summer, which I attributed to a soil mix that never seemed to dry out. (My fault, not PW’s.) But with the dry weather this fall, it decided to bloom.
What a cheerful surprise!