Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – November 2013
Another year gone; are things much different? I don’t think so.
With a couple of days off over my birthday I had the option to get something done in the garden… I watched the weather closely and made plans to visit a nearby park and to mulch/tidy the garden… then of course the day comes and all I want to do is relax! Have one day of actually doing nothing.
The past few weekends have been spent readying the loft for new insulation, which of course is dirty and tiring stuff. Then, on Sunday evening I suddenly became ill and had a lot of difficulty breathing. It was reminiscent to having chest infections when I was a teen. So Monday I booked myself an emergency doctors appointment because being asthmatic I don’t want a repeat of my teen years. Feeling like you’re doing to die is no fun.
Anyway, turns out it was a mild one. But that’s the second time now in a few months, I just KNOW it’ll eventually become the real thing.
So yes, back to the garden. I popped out for photos and realised although the sun is shining and when inside the sun was lovely and warm. Outside it’s in fact very cold. The wind has picked up and must be adding a lot of wind chill. So plans for the park and garden were scuppered (although I’m not really complaining!). I did however pop out quickly to use one bag of mulch on the window border. A 5 minute job, although rather difficult with my hair blowing everywhere and almost tripping up because of it
As always I’ve cheated a little; some photos aren’t blooms but of interest anyway. And since I’ve pretty much lost all blogging mojo at the moment, I want to get the images used now otherwise I never will.
One Chrysanthemum is blooming, the other – a white one – did not bloom last year but has buds this year so I’m ever hopeful, it’s in a pot next to the front door and is rather pretty. Now, yes the Salvia has a bloom, but I wouldn’t say it’s blooming as such. It only has a few on it, but it’s colour regardless and the foliage still looks nice and fresh. I included the Honeysuckle berries because it’s the first time I’ve had any… I wonder if it’s meant to be a sign of a rough winter to come??
Sweet box is ready to bloom! Although it probably won’t open until Jan/Feb.
Stipa has lost all its colour now, I think I’ll leave it over winter though as it often adds movement and interest where there otherwise isn’t any. Erysimum needs no introduction… It’ll bloom until hit hard by snow. And finally, the Aster is almost finished. I’d like a shorter one as I feel this is out of place with everything else.
In general the pots by the front door are still doing well; Bidens has enough blooms on it for me to think it’s looking good, sadly though something is eating my Viola blooms – weevil no doubt – I will find it!!!
The Autumn Cherry has suddenly begun to change, actually the most dramatic change has been with the Acer ‘Katsura’ which when I took photos on the 11th leaves were still green and then today the 15th many are now yellow. So far there are also no signs of Autumn blooms on the Cherry…
Harlow Carr’s blooms will be cut just before any possible snow arrives so I can enjoy the last of the blooms indoors.
Time for a mystery… Two years ago I bought two Chrysanthemum; one white with a touch of pink and the other a fuchsia shade pink… So why do I have one which looks like a deep plum purple??!!!
Two plants that really ought not to be blooming are Lavender ‘Hidcote’ and a self-seeded Nicotiana. I’m concerned about the Lavender; the last time I had one blooming this late, it didn’t make it through the winter. This specimen was its replacement so I really don’t want to lose this one too and with snow a possibility sometime next week (maybe) I think I ought to try protecting it somehow.
In all, so far November has been quite alright. No real complaints, even the temperatures have generally been OK. I find it difficult to get photos at this time of year with the low sun and I’m on the wrong side of the hill so the sun doesn’t touch many of the borders anymore. It’s been much drier than October, and it’s just a shame I was unable to enjoy the garden last month. Already the lawns are a mess; lots of rain and mild temperatures mean it’s grown a lot already but it’s far too wet to cut. So it’ll drive me mad for the next 3 months or so until I can cut it.