November Foliage – Or Lack Thereof!
So, it’s November. There isn’t a great deal out there at this time of year. Sorry. The plants that do have blooms on them, for the most part have uninteresting foliage (perhaps that’s an oversight on my behalf. Must get plants with nice leaves!)
Here we have the pretty leaves of a Cotoneaster contrasting nicely with the deep red berries which so far have gone ignored by the birds. Then we have possibly the most ugly foliage imaginable… this Sedum really doesn’t hold any interest at all. It’s so horrible I almost want to rip it out….
Finally we have some tall Asters, they’re leaning a lot – it’s far more prominent this year, I think because we’ve had so little sun! But the bottom of the stems really does look ugly with the dead leaves.
Next up we have the lovely foliage of some Ferns, the Pulmonaria to the right of them also looks good (except for the dead leaves).
Aster Lady in Black doesn’t offer much in the way of foliage, even if her blooms are pretty. Perhaps she’s best for vase arrangements?
I like that the Campanula always seems to have a second hurrah nice and late in the year… it is possibly the only plant to have a wonderfully lush green hue.
In the centre are the fallen leaves of the Autumn flowering Cherry. I need to rake them up, because once they begin to rot, they really will be an eyesore! Plus I want the leaf mould.
Finally I have Hawthorn leaves; I’ve never noticed them turn yellow before? There have been awesome colours this year, so I was wondering if it usually happens and I miss it, or it’s as a result of the wet spring/summer/autumn.
I definitely need to do some tidying under the Cherry tree; although it does still look quite lush, the leaves will quickly look less than attractive.
(I can spy the Herb Robert in the background already developing nicely… Will keep an eye on it so it doesn’t grow to gargantuan proportions like this summer.)
The upper tier really needs tidying but it’s too wet for me to get up there at the moment… I’ll just compact the clay soil and probably end up slipping over as I try to get back down. Must put some bark chippings down to help with grip. The Monkshood has left behind ugly dead sticks with no photographic quality, at all. And if I chop it back then I think it’ll definitely improve the look of the tier.
Finally; the first signs of decay are showing on the Lady’s Mantle now… A close-up shot of the Cotoneaster leaves. And one of the Pheasant’s Tail Grass clumps. It’s maturing quite nicely; I wonder if it will survive another year.