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New Jersey Garden in November

Late warmth means unseasonable blooms

miniature sunflower

Rebecca Cullen is sharing shots of her New Jersey garden today, where a surprising number of plants kept blooming well into November.

I wanted to share some garden pictures taken in November from the Garden State. This is completely crazy, having so many things still flowering!

Miscanthus sinensisI caught the sun hitting the grass (Miscanthus sinensis, Zones 5–9) at the perfect moment.

Japanese mapleThis Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) was a Mother’s Day gift from my boys when it was small enough to plant myself. This is the morning sun, with fog shining on the turning leaves.

hanging basket of pansiesThe hanging basket of pansies (Viola × wittrockiana, cool season annual) caught the falling leaves from the Japanese maple.

Shasta daisyLast bloom from a Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum × superbum, Zones 5–9).

miniature sunflowerFinal bloom of the season from a miniature sunflower (Helianthus annuus, annual) planted by the birds.

deer in the yardMy deer family includes a mother with a limp who continues to stay with her babies.

lilac in the fallI’ve been gardening a long time and am still astounded that this lilac (Syringa sp., Zones 3–8) is blooming in fall.

orange mushroomsCute little mushrooms are as colorful as any flower.

Japanese maples leavesA scarlet carpet of fallen Japanese maple leaves.


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  1. Maggieat11 11/19/2020

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos! And I must say...the photo of your Mother's Day maple is STUNNING!

  2. Carolyn3134 11/19/2020

    Absolutely lovely! Thank you for sharing!!

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  4. btucker9675 11/19/2020

    Loved all of my years of gardening in the Garden State so your photos made me very happy! Especially enjoyed the pretty little mushrooms. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Rebeccazone7 11/19/2020

      Thank I get older I'm finding it's the little things that matter.

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    simplesue 11/19/2020

    I really love your garden and your attitude towards the deer as your deer family- so glad you enjoy nature and can see them as something to enjoy in the garden, they are so beautiful and your description of the mother deer with a limp and staying with her children.
    Those photos you took of the Red Japanese Maple and how it was a gift from your children, and was once so small- wow- look at it now!
    It's just as amazing with the leaves on the ground, and love the sun and fog photo of it too!
    I love seeing your whimsy with the china plate border too!
    And amazed with you Lilac putting out a flower in Autumn!
    I'm new to growing Lilac's but I've never seen this before!

    1. Rebeccazone7 11/19/2020

      Thank you for all your kind comments. It never seems like work if you're doing something you love. My neighbor says "whimsy" should be my middle name. As far as the em, or hate em, they aren't going anywhere, but I must admit to cursing them out on

  6. user-5117752 11/19/2020

    OH! I just love your photos! Each one has something special to say with your words. The shot of the leaves on the ground under the maple is simply stunning! And the lilac blooming.......well, I bought one of those dwarf rebloomers this summer and it never rebloomed at all. It didn't even make an attempt. And that mushroom shot is definitely worth a frame. Thank you so very much for taking the time to share!!!

    1. Rebeccazone7 11/19/2020

      That lilac was incredible. I took the bush, small at the time, from an old farm house yard. They were in the midst of digging it out when I yelled stop. They thought I was nuts. Meanwhile, 30 years later, the thing blooms in Nov....crazy.

  7. Musette1 11/19/2020

    all gorgeous - but that lilac blooming in late Autumn is a stunning surprise! Love the maple, too!

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