End of Month – November 2012
I’m a little bit late today. Plenty of excuses this month tbh, mainly because of terrible weather last week and then dark days that mean it’s almost full dark when I get home, plus a busy Saturday = no chance to take photos until now.
There isn’t much to report back on, there’s less this month than last thanks to lots of rain and some rather chilly nights. I think the only thing left blooming are the Erysimum. I’ve become very detached from the garden after having spent almost no time in it for weeks.
It actually felt weird to be outside when I refilled the bird feeders earlier in the week. The cover that the shrubs and climbers give me is gone and I feel very exposed when I go to the top of the garden, and until the climbers are larger; this will happen every year.
I have a few bulbs left to plant, but most are in and I think the last will have to be planted into pots.
There’s some small splashes of colour in the front garden with white Salvia, Erysimum, Nigella and Roses blooming. Actually, after looking closely at these I have also noticed some of the ammi blooming. So far I’ve been unable to collect seeds still and I think it’s likely I’ll have to buy some instead.
The frost has had quite an effect on the Geranium, and until a couple of days ago it was looking good… However, the Centaurea behind it looks even worse! I don’t remember it going black before. I will cut it back and lay the leaves on the ground around it to help protect against frost.
Photos are difficult to take for me at this time of year… the sun barely comes over the hill and then is quickly hidden by houses behind us. The Garrya is preparing for a good show this year, and after producing no tassels at all last year it’s making up for it! The sweetbox also has some blooms ready to open, it is still small after being heavily damaged a couple of years ago in the snow.
After dressing the front border it now looks very bare. But there will be plenty of bulbs and some small primula seedlings under the mulch. So far, no sign of Hellebore blooms on any of the plants in the front or back gardens.
The right border has plenty of interest… Even if it is mostly dead. I just wish the sun would reach it and I can play with light on the dead blooms…
Pleased to see lots of buds on the Stellata; hoping for lots of blooms in spring.
The annual Rudbekia looks to survive another year… Surely it ought to have died last winter?
Crocus bulbs are pushing their noses in their little pots. I hope they don’t end up too damaged. And one of the David Austin roses I bought in October is attempting to bloom… I think it will probably be killed before it opens.
I want to add more grasses to the front of the right border. A job I meant to do over summer, but the poor weather hindered any attempt at working on the border. A lot of things need pulling up, moving or removing and then grasses added. There are a lot of spring bulbs around the area though, so waiting until spring is probably for the best!
I spotted the winter Jasmine in bloom today! So far only a small part is blooming so it isn’t easy to see.
Acer branches are just as pretty bare as they are with leaves on them… they are somehow very delicate…
NB I’ve just realised I haven’t posted any photos of the Autumn flowering Cherry blooms.
Who’s counting down the days to the solstice and the knowledge that the days are once again lengthening??!