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We’ve had frost, light and hard.  We’ve had bitter wind.  We’ve had a couple inches of snow.   And yet, we still have a few flowers bravely soldiering on into late autumn in the Northeast!

The potted mums on my side porch are still colorful:015This pink one was very tightly budded when I bought and planted it in late September. It opened its first flower just a week ago:013  I am tempted to dig it up, plop it into a smaller pot, and bring it indoors.  I can’t believe many of those buds will open this coming week, with temperatures forecast no higher than the mid-thirties for several days, and more frozen precipitation on its way.

This one was originally all white, but gained the purple tinge at the edges of the petals as the weather got cooler:004Here is an orange mum on my front porch, with a jaunty friend:023Near the steps to the side porch, a volunteer snapdragon still looks nice in a bed of dry leaves:003This viola showed up recently in a small pot that held a begonia all summer:025In the rock garden, this dianthus thinks it’s spring:022I have a couple plants that are meant to bloom in the cold, such as this sweet little heather in the bed near my front door:020This gentian at the corner of the blue and yellow bed started blooming two weeks ago:007There’s not too much going on inside the house right now.  My third and final “Christmas” cactus is at the end of its bloom cycle.  Somehow I never remember to take a picture when it looks its best:031(I just read Carol’s Bloom Day post at May Dreams Gardens, and discovered that, since they have pointy stem sections, not rounded, these are actually Thanksgiving cactuses!)

Finally, the Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii) sports its usual tiny red flowers.  This thorny-stemmed succulent is rarely flowerless:028Even though some of the flowers appear pink in this picture, they really are red, like the tallest one in the back.  The bright light from the window causes exposure problems!

Carol of May Dream Gardens hosts this blog party in which we can share what’s blooming in our gardens on the fifteenth of each month.  It’s always fun to see the differences, as well as the similarities between gardens all over the world.  I highly recommend taking some time to click on the link to her post and checking out a few new-to-you blogs!011