Late November Garden

Cold outside means the garden moves inside.  After leaving my violets out on the veranda all summer, they finally decided to bloom again! I had forgotten the color of the lovely purple and white variegated blooms.

Late November Garden at From My Carolina Home

I am thrilled, finally I think I have figured out what they really need to bloom. The other one is a velvety purple.

Flowers in Late November

My Thanksgiving Cactus bloomed for the holiday this year beautifully too. I love these unusual flowers.  This was a gift from a dear friend, and I am amazed that I have kept it alive and blooming every year for over 10 years now!

Late November Garden at From My Carolina Home

I learned that although I originally believed this to be a Christmas Cactus, it has the spiky leaves which makes it a Thanksgiving Cactus, blooming usually in November.

Late November Garden at From My Carolina Home

It has several flower colors all in the same pot, purple, pink, red, yellow and white.

Flowers in Late November

Flowers in Late November

On the veranda, in spite of the sub-freezing temperatures of the past few nights, the white begonias are still blooming like mad. All the pots are still going. I stopped watering them for about a week after DH turned off the water outside to prevent the pipes from freezing. Still, the little guys continued. Yesterday, I watered the ones still going with a pitcher.

Late November veranda 2

The red dianthus are still blooming too, they should have finished up a month ago.

Late November veranda 5

The chrysanthemums got a drink too.  Their colors are fading, and I should dry some of the flowers for use later.

Late November veranda 1

Late November veranda 4

Time for the pumpkin to go, I think. But, before we leave the Autumn season, here’s one more last look at sunlit autumn color.

Late November Garden at From My Carolina Home

These leaves are still hanging on, but coming down fast.

Late November Garden at From My Carolina Home

Lovely autumn color, finally here, and gone too soon.

Late November Garden at From My Carolina Home

I have been seeing the turkeys several times a day now. The two males have again separated from the flock, and forage on their own. I have been getting them used to seeing me, and just this past week began talking to them. They make the most wonderful little cluck-purring noise, like they are talking back, and they no longer run away when they see me. So, on Thanksgiving, I stepped slowly onto the veranda while they were visiting and gave them a piece of whole wheat bread, broken up into a few pieces. They were wary but they did eat it. One gave a nice display of his tail feathers, and puffed up, probably to signal that he was ready to do battle if necessary.

Late November Garden at From My Carolina Home

After a couple of mornings giving them a bite, not only are they not afraid of me anymore, but they come running when they see me! It is fun. I don’t plan to continue this long, as I don’t want to make them into pets. I certainly respect the fact that they are wild and should continue to be so.

Late November Garden at From My Carolina Home

But, for a day or two, I’ll feed the turkeys as well as the little birds.  I wonder if they might eat that pumpkin?  Today, and this week I’ll be packing up Thanksgiving and getting out Christmas.  I’ll be simmering a pot of turkey soup while watching football and piddling around collecting up the autumn decor. My MIL is coming in five days, and I want to get to Christmas decorating and setting a pretty table for her visit.  Plus, I have some blocks to do for Waltz!  So, I better get busy.

What’s going on around your home today?

21 thoughts on “Late November Garden

  1. Fall decoration put away and Christmas displayed. (Didn’t have a lot to do as we won’t be home for Christmas…but still like the lights) Our tree are bear and pumpkins have been thrown in the dumpster….but I do think the turkeys would enjoy them. I’ve prepped a new applique project so plan to stitch and finish a quick quilt top I started using a layer cake and some leftover charm squares. Oh…and I mayyy get out of my jammies and go for a walk. That’s my Sunday ahead. 🙂

  2. Lovely pictures, thanks for sharing. Our flowers have all gone to rest for the season here in the northwestern part of the country and the leaves have fallen, now on to putting up a few lights to brighten the shorter daylight days, not a lot of decorating as we are gone for Christmas. I’ll be quilting comfort quilts for our guild today and watching some football. 🤗


    From off the Raritan Bay in New Jersey; still have a wee bit of fall color. Spending the morning putting baby rick rack on Christmas napkins (from MAN SEWING). Have to go real slow as these are circular. Will be planting alliums and daffodils this afternoon. Before dinner will decide on colors and go through my stash. Then it’s make dinner and relax with the telly till sleep calls.

  4. Brenda Ackerman

    Good Morning Carole! Your post was an enjoyable read with fabulous pictures. Here in Southern Oregon, things are looking very similar to where you are; flowers are still blooming strong and boldly and their are many autumn leaves holding on strongly displaying their beautiful colors. Plus, we have been hitting some pretty low temps. No turkeys here though, they stay across the road where we can see them. We have a baby possum coming up on our porch at night and helping himself to the little bit of cat food that our out door cats have not eaten. He is actually kind of cute. LOL. So onto today, I am pinning a few quilts to quilt. Plus, ironing some fabrics for a couple of projects and hopefully getting to the quilt along project also. Have a fantastic creative day and enjoy your football!

  5. Oh, the light coming through the red leaves…stunning. 🙂 Amazingly enough, we havent had a frost yet, and while most leaves are down, the hardy daisies & snapdragons are still blooming. 🙂

  6. still lovely colours with your flowers, but the leaves are so beautiful. No turkeys here, but we have a tame ” Mrs Thrush” who waits for her breakfast every morning. Her babies are in the trees across the stream. She crams as much bread into her beak as it can possibly take, and flies off.

  7. Betty Jansen

    We have made the move from our Illinois summer home to our Texas winter home and the turkeys and pumpkins are stored. Next week is Christmas decoration time. Your Flowers are still lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  8. we used to have wild turkeys in our back yard from the woods behind the house but haven’t seen them in years now – do see occasionally on the roadsides a couple miles from here

  9. Melanie

    I think that turkey was flirting with you!! LOL You have such a green thumb and I’m always inspired by your flowers in bloom. What do you feed your Thanksgiving cactus? We always called them Christmas cactus. I think mine need transplanting into a larger pot. I love seeing the different colors together in one pot. I am working on 12 Christmas mug rugs for my mini quilt group members and a Christmas kid’s quilt for charity. Still need to put my fall decorations away and bring out the Christmas ones….so fun. :o)

  10. You plants are beautiful! I cannot be trusted with African Violets, and after a long-successful stretch with the Christmas Cactus, they have moved on to greener pastures (not mine!) and I love your turkeys! I was startled to see one sitting on the porch rail just a few feet from the K window (about 2 years ago) – the picture I took was screen-impaired and not a Kodak moment…………….yours, however, are very much K-moments! Thanks for sharing these !

  11. Call me crazy, but turkeys make great pets! They are much more intelligent than we give them credit for. And yours are free range and don’t need cleanup! There are tons of them in the wild, and habituating a couple won’t hurt, imo, and will be great fun. They aren’t displaying for a fight, dear; they want you for a girlfriend. Buy some cracked corn, and feed them veggie scraps, and you will have a delightful winter watching them. If you do start feeding them regularly, don’t stop until late spring because they will be relying on you as a food source. All just my opinion, of course.

  12. karen

    I live on the northern shore of Lake Ontario (Canada). Due to the difference in climate, our harvest ends so much sooner, so we celebrate Thanksgiving the first weekend in October. We already have four inches of snow on the ground. I am jealous of the blooms you are experiencing, but I may have an explanation for it. Apparently, plants will bloom in a desperate attempt to procreate if they are under stress, (i.e. no water). We have a wierd hibiscous that gets forgotten (often) and will start to bloom at odd times.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  13. Love all your beautiful flowers! Ours have been gone for a month now, at least! How fun to see the turkeys in your yard, and even get close enough to hear them. We were just on a road trip to see our sons in western Nebraska and Kansas, and looked for wild turkeys all along the way, but didn’t see any at all this year. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Denise force

    Loved the flowers ,thank you .. they brightened the day. Working on scarfs and baby quits for hospital fundraiser next week. Weather has turned to winter here…snow and high winds.

  15. Connie Kresin Campbell

    Beautiful flowers and how neat that the wild turkeys come up that close! We have them around here and will see large flocks in the corn fields. Great photos of them.

  16. Sharon Schipper

    I didn’t know ours is a Thanksgiving cactus either! I have two in a west window that went crazy with blooms for the first time in two years, just going all over. I think it’s all the light and heaven knows they didn’t have any cool time this year. I also put my jade plant cutting in that window and it’s growing like mad. Had it for 4 years and it was SOOOOO slow! lovely, thanks!

  17. Marybeth

    The last paragraph was hilarious…… you were going to feed the turkeys……. and then make turkey soup. I have a cactus that can bloom anywhere from Oct to March. I thought it was suppose to be a Christmas cactus….but it is an independent bloomer.

  18. I loved your leaf photos and the turkeys. That’s something that they run to you now. After living here two and a half years, we finally saw wild turkeys down the road. That was exciting, but it doesn’t match your victory of getting them close to the house.

  19. Are those African violets? They’re normally grown indoors all year round over here. I have never had any luck with them, but my mother successfully grows and propagates them. Beautiful colours on the Autumn leaves.

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