Bloom Day in Ranterville, November edition



Ironically, the only one of us who might have more actual flowers (Amy) is traveling, but what the heck, here goes:


Michele has some saffron crocus, grown purely for the thrill of harvesting her own saffron. You can see the little threads. Cool!


I don’t have too much going on outside and what is out there is mostly covered in roof grit, but I took some pictures anyway. Fall color is what it’s all about: hosta, red maple, hydrangea, and Boston ivy. I have more at my blog.


Susan has beautiful color going as well as berries. Check out her winterthur viburnum. I also love her Japanese maple (those can’t be beat for fall color), serviceberry, and hydrangea, which looks like a similar macrophylla to mine. See more at her blog.

I also, at the top, show an image of my cyclamen and African violet, currently in bloom, just to demonstrate that there are other ways to have cold weather color!

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regular radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world, and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at


  1. Yep, for many of us, its about the fall color, especially if we’ve experience the “killing frost” and the blooms are done. Thanks for joining in again!

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