End of Month – November 2013
November has actually been a rather OK month; in fact dare I say it’s even been quite nice. No real moans. Only the one frost I can remember, little rain, some cold and windy days but mostly mild and inoffensive. If only it had been slightly warmer then I might’ve been able to mow the lawn, which after a very wet and warm October now looks awful and the prospect of waiting another three months to cut it is very frustrating. Normally I wouldn’t be chewing at the bit until February/March when the grass is growing again but it’s still too damp to cut and being on heavy clay, it of course retains the rain and quickly becomes boggy.
Over the coming weeks, if the weather remains OK I’ll tidy these borders and spread some mulch on them ready for winter. I’m surprised the Black Elder hasn’t yet lost its leaves…
Photos are a little misleading this month as I have done a little work since taking the shots. I would’ve taken more photos if it weren’t for the banging migraine I had at the time. So instead of photos I crawled into bed and slept for the next few hours.
Basically, I’ve tided the Persicaria and cut back some other plants in the Aster border, I also emptied out the veggie bed and dismantled the carbuncle and spread its contents around various borders. My plan was to also rake up the leaves and debris from the flint on the tier but by this time I was close to fainting or vomiting and thought better of it.
I feel much better for getting the job done now as it’s been niggling at me to do it for a while.
The Autumn flowering Cherry has buds, so far no blooms so we’ll see if they open before Christmas. Previous experience is that if it’s not yet in bloom then it won’t bloom at all until March/April.
I’m also very excited to see the first Cyclamen Coum leaves; it’s blooms won’t arrive for another month or two.
A bloom which really ought not to be around is the White Campion… Very surprised to see it, in fact! Also the Corsica Hellebore is almost in bloom; I haven’t seen this Hellebore flower before so I’m looking forward to it.