Monthly Archives: November 2015

End of month view – November 2015

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Whilst there are certain areas of the garden looking reasonably tidy, like the left hand Lavender Bed above, the majority of the garden is in a state of chaos, like the right hand one below. Not only is this bed full of self seeded Lychnis coronaria and Verbena bonariensis corpses, but sadly it’s also pretty full of couch grass.  I think a big dig is called for.IMG_9651

The Swing Beds are also looking almost completely devoid of colour, although they are now marginally tidier than the photos below as I did some chopping back at the same time as planting some Dichelostemma ida maia bulbs, bought from the Avon Bulbs sale.  Hope they’re not in too late!

I still havent tackled the climbing roses as I think gauntlets and a ladder will be required.IMG_9656IMG_9659

The grass beds have had the Zinnias and a few lingering Verbascum pulled pulled out, and are now back to the bare bones of the Stipa tenuissima along the back, with a muddle of forget me nots and self seeded Cerinthe major in front (and let’s be honest, in the path).  I’ve added a few more Narcissi in this bed, but it does makes me a bit sad to think I’ll be waiting until April for anything to happen.IMG_9661

The Mid Century Bed is probably the most colourful with the Salvia ‘Dyson’s Scarlet’ and Rhodochiton atrosanguineus still blooming well, albeit rather manically.IMG_9652

One thing I am excited about in this (easterly) end of the garden, are my Agapanthus grown from seed planted at the back of the strawberry bed.  Although they didn’t flower this year (others planted in front of the greenhouse did) they’ve grown enormously and I’m hoping they will like the reflected heat from the wall and bloom next summer.IMG_9654

At the other end of the garden the Bronze Bed has nearly been put to bed.  The ‘Happy Single Date’ Dahlias which provided so many blooms and so much pleasure this year still haven’t died back, but they do seem to have finally given up flowering.  They’ll be nothing else in this bed until the Hamamelis flowers in February.IMG_9671

However, behind the Bronze Bed, the Melianthus major is madly continuing to produce new leaves.IMG_9672

Other sources of hope and optimism are provided by late season cuttings (or perennial seedlings awaiting a permanent home),IMG_9664

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and early sweet peas in the greenhouse.IMG_9668

as well as perky succulents.

They’ve been moved under the glass verandah, but are probably in need of being properly inside if continued perkiness is to be assured!IMG_9674

With thanks to Helen at the Patient Gardener for hosting everyone’s End of Month Views.

 

Return to the Duver – November 2015

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I haven’t posted a Duver post since the end of May, but it’s still there, and as beautiful as ever.

This post is a combination of some photos I took on Saturday, and then these, more atmospheric ones taken this morning before work.  There aren’t any flowers, but hopefully you’ll forgive me.IMG_9601IMG_9610

I have managed to find a (very) few flowersstill clinging on – rather tatty Chamomile,IMG_9570

precociously early wild garlic, or Ransoms.IMG_9559

and a couple of escapees.IMG_9618

For mellow fruitfulness I can offer the last few blackberriesIMG_9595

some beautiful rose hipsIMG_9567

and a bevy of tiny little mushrooms, barely bigger than my thumbnail.

As for foliage, look at this, a beautifully frost dusted thistle.  And yet no frost in my garden, higher up and further from the sea.  Now how does that work? IMG_9617

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – November 2015

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I took these photos on Saturday as I knew I’d be out all day Sunday, and not only was it pouring with rain but the wind was blowing at around 50mph making it officially a gale.  Consequently some of the photos are rather blurry as, funnily enough, is it was difficult to persuade the blooms stand still.

The number of plants blooming has dropped off dramatically in the last week or so, and the vast majority of my annuals have now flowered themselves to death.  The blooms which are still flowering are overwhelmingly pink, a colour largely inherited when we moved in, but which has been further augmented over time, to the point where this post is rather extraordinarily monochrome.

The Rosa Flower Carpet Pink (top) I’ve mentioned numerous times, but it really is an incredible ‘doer’, (although the buds do get rather battered in the rain).  Here it is joined by the extraordinary Nerine bowdenii – ridiculous flowers for November!

The shrub below, Leptospermum, is planted close to the two blooms above and it too flowers for months.IMG_9515

Another shrub Anisodontea capensis is looking better now than it has all year.  It was planted a few years ago and has definitely taken some time to settle in.  I grew one at a previous property against a south facing wall and to be honest I think it would prefer that kind of protection, but it does get plenty of light and has now grown to the extent that I’m thinking it could do with a spring pruning.IMG_9548

The shrub below offers a more expected bloom at this time of year, Daphne x Pink Fragrance ‘Blapink‘ and has been planted in a pot so that I can move it closer to the house to enjoy the lovely scent.IMG_9526

My last pink shrub is another one having a fabulous late flush.  This is by far my favourite fuschia, F. microphylla.  I love the dainty pink bells which are followed by black berries.IMG_9520

The climber Rhodochiton atrosanguineus still has plenty of blooms, but it has been rather battered by the rain.IMG_9540

Another genus of plants hanging on are my Salvias.  This one, Salvia Dyson’s Scarlet, was new this year and is still absolutely amazing.IMG_9545

Other Salvias still have blooms, but aren’t in the same league.  This one’s Salvia East Friesland

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and Salvia microphylla ‘Cerro Potosi’IMG_9537

And to finish, a rather incongruous shot of the heat and sun loving Zinnias, looking sad and bedraggled in the November rain. IMG_9524

With many thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens  for hosting everyone’s GBBD.  Why don’t you pop over and have a look at what everyone else has blooming now?

In a vase on Monday – last hurrah?

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It’s funny how, as the number of garden blooms reduces, you suddenly notice things you hadn’t during the relative abundance earlier in the year.

Today’s vase was prompted by the realisation that the inherited rose by the front gate (any clues as to a name?) was a good match for the Scabiosa atropurpurea Fata Morgana still hanging on in the Bronze Bed.  The rose is having a fabulous second flush, but I can’t believe it can last for much longer, hence the title.

The rose starts with a beautiful peachy bud which gets paler and more creamy/yellow as it opens.IMG_9511

The Scabious has been a little disappointing as I thought it would be even more more peachy, but it’s been flowering for months and even looks good as a fresh green bud,IMG_9510

All in all a rather soft, summery vase – doubtless my subconscious remaining in denial of the current season!

Why don’t you head over to Cathy’s site and see whether others are doing a better job of embracing the autumnal season, or clinging on to summer like me?

In a vase on Monday – cheating again

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As I did once before, today I’m including a stunning arrangement prepared by someone else.

This was in the beautiful Bodysgallen Hall where my sister and I stayed for our recent Welsh sojourn (see post about our visit to Bodnant Garden here).

The thing that first caught my eye about the arrangement was what I thought were unusual cream coloured roses, but on closer inspection, they turned out to be ornamental cabbages!  I’ve seen seed for these for sale, but it’s never occurred to me to grow them for cutting.  Perhaps I should have a rethink…2015-10-30 10.06.21

As well as the cabbages, were Alstromeria2015-10-30 10.06.33

and Gladioli.2015-10-30 10.06.12

Although the gardens at Bodysgallen are award winning (and I’ve included a few photos below to show its quality) the only flowers I saw in the grounds which could have contributed to this arrangement were a bed of gladiolli, so I think we have to assume the rest were bought.  I know this rather against the grain of IaVoM, but I hope you’ll forgive me.

Thanks as ever to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this entertaining and informative meme.

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