Winter came early this year, long before it usually does. Plus what autumn we did have was much colder and earlier than usual. In early November, I still had a few cold hardy garden highlights to show off. By mid November it was winter, with snow and ice.
It doesn't really surprise me when perennials or shrubs still show off a few flowers late in the season.
Even roses aren't really a shock to me in November. I've had roses in early December before, just not this year. This year the roses were gone by mid November. Boohoo!
But every time that annuals survive such hard frosts, it's amazing to me, even if they're cold hardy annuals.
Our home was only built 15 years ago, so we don't have any tall trees. Not to mention, we didn't really plant any large tree varieties. Therefore autumn foliage is at a premium on our property. But I do have a little.
Still, the best foliage view is looking down the street. Most of this color comes from the much maligned Bradford pears planted as street trees.
I even had a butterfly at the start of the month. If there's a late butterfly, you know it's going to be a painted lady.
And then it was over. First there was an ice storm, then snow later in the day. After that, winter stayed. Autumn may have been short and sweet this year, but it was truly gorgeous while it was here.