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Denver Brownies

These are sooooo good. I think these may rank as one of my favorite of Maida's numerous brownie recipes (my favorites are the Palm Beach Brownies and the Santa Fe Brownies ). Maida Heatter says she got the recipe at a television station in Denver and was told that Julia Child had raved about them. I can see why.  3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1/3 cup honey 2 tbsp. water or coffee 4 oz. (1 stick) unsalted butter, in pieces at room temperature 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 eggs 1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) walnuts or pecans, cut into medium-sized pieces 2 tbsp. bourbon, brandy, or rum Preheat oven to 325. Line a 9-inch square pan with foil. Butter the foil and set aside. (Note: It is helpful to cut the foil large enough so that it drapes over the sides of the pan. This will make it easier to remove from the pan). Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Place the honey, water or coffee, butter and choco

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day - November 2021


There's not a lot of blooms in the November garden but a few scattered here and there. We've not had a hard frost yet but a lot of rain and heavy winds. Some leaves remain on the trees but most are already stripped bare.

Aster 'Monte Cassino' is really beautiful and the photo doesn't do it justice. This is out next to the street and I see people stopping to admire it.

Not blooms but berries - Callicarpa 'Profusion' (Beautyberry)




Fuchsia 'Hawkshead' still going strong


This is the most stunning fuchsia and of course I don't have the name. A neighbor gave it to us and the label read 'Landscape Fuchsia'.


Mahonia 'Charity' (Oregon Grape)


Pennisetum '24 Karat' (Fountain Grass)

Schizostylis (Cape Lily), a gift from Sean Hogan



Hydrangea 'Nikko Blue'


Rose 'Playboy'

Rose 'Lady of Shallot'

Rose 'Lady Emma Hamilton'

Rose 'Golden Celebration'

 I will wrap this up with a photo of the back garden along the shady pathway.

Check out May Dreams Gardens for more bloggers sharing their blooms.

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. Your garden even now is a beautiful sight.

  2. Callicarpa berries are just amazing in the winter garden. The first time I encountered them my jaw dropped. The shady path is fantastic in any season and aways a favorite.
    I think your Mahonia may be soft caress...

    1. So do I - I was captivated by one in our neighborhood when we moved here. They grew in the south too. You are right about the mahonia - I will add that info.

  3. So many lovely blooms, but I especially love that fountain grass. I see we share the 'Lady of Shallott,' a personal favorite of mine.

    1. I love that fountain grass. It is a dwarf and has stayed below 1 ft. tall.

  4. Your November garden is beautiful with remaining blooms and so much color. I enjoyed the stroll!

  5. That aster is indeed a show-stopper! I've always coveted Callicarpa. although there's at least once species that my Sunset guide says will grow here (USDA 10b/11a, Sunset 24), I've yet to find it offered locally.

  6. Beautiful blooms!
    And I enjoyed the two wider views of your garden!

  7. November is not very bloomy for me either. That NOID Fuchsia ! I can't even count the number of them I've had that sport the label ' Assorted Fuchsia'. All my Asters are over so I'm interested in 'Monte Cassino'. It reminds me of my Aster divericatus -I really want to pop in a couple more Asters .

  8. I envy your collection of Roses specially' Golden celebration'. It would be my pleasure if you participate in my Gardening link up party here at

  9. Who needs blooms when you have such wonderful texture and color still.


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