Now Ellen! I don't decry your lovely shots of snow, but flowers are still blazing out there! Let's not rush into this winter thing quite yet (although I don't deny we've had two good blasts of snow the last few weeks). I counted dozens of plants with flowers lingering, and there are (in fact) a few that are actually at the very peak of bloom, despite some very frosty nights of late...the most glorious of these are several kinds of (true) autumn crocuses, such as...
I have been marvelling at Crocus speciosus in my own garden for nearly two months, and here it is still blaring its brilliant lavender trumpets in mid-November. Some day I must go to the pinewoods near Constantinople where this grows by the million I am told...(I mean Istanbul..or to be precise, "Rum").
And finally, there are still some ""Autumn Crocus"" in bloom (the multiple quotes are meant to alert you to the fallacious nature of the name. People still insist on calling Colchicums crocuses, although they are more closely allied to lilies (albeit botanists have recently put them in their own family: Colchicaceae!). Lilies have six stamens, but Iridaceae like Crocus only have three. End of botany lesson!
But it is not the end of our flowering season by any means. I suspect that the grove of Witch Hazels at Regis Arboretum are coming into bloom any day now (Hamamaelis vernalis) and my Daphne x transatlantica has hundreds of fresh flowers. There are several species of cyclamen still blooming, and pansies around town are just kicking in. Let's not forget unseasonable blooms on lots of ice plants, phlox and geraniums! And of course, the Ussurian pears, the rowans and most oaks around town are ablaze with spectacular autumn color. The calendar and I proclaim that winter is still not here. Ellen--let's not rush things!