Where have the days gone, November passed so quickly and I don’t seem to have done very much in the garden. We have had so much rain that it hasn’t been possible to do much, I still have bulbs waiting to be planted, today seems a good day, it’s dry so far but rain is due later. I have started my wander in the front garden and then follow my usual route clockwise round the garden.
Walter keeps on putting up new flowers, but someone is having a nibble of them all.
The Berberis by the front door still has loads of berries and the leaves are turning too, making a very red bush.
All the burgundy leaves have gone now, but we are left with the beautiful red stems for the next 4 months.
The bark was peeling on this Silver birch and I couldn’t resist peeling some of it away, it is so beautiful and silky to the touch when the bark is new like this.
More flowers open each day on the Jasmine by the front door.
Towards the border by the field, this Miscanthus has been tumbled a bit by the wind, but I will enjoy it a bit longer before I need to cut it down.
Looking very beige at the moment, I think this Miscanthus was sheltered by the dead oak in the centre of the garden, when the gales came , so it is still more or less upright.
By the pond at the top of the garden, Lucifer is still managing to look ok, even when he is dying back.
I leave the Phlomis seedheads on over the winter, the spaces are just the right size for overwintering ladybirds!
In the central bed, poor mixed up Viburnum, it has decided to flower again as it is so warm.
Also in the central bed is this Clematis which I think has got burnt by the frost of a week ago.
…….are still flowering, most of the other roses have stopped now.
Some of the Hydrangeas in the back by the woodland, are still putting out new flowers.
I think these last two have been sheltered from the frost and wind by the trees in the woodland.
Whichever bird dropped the seed of this iris while it was sitting above in my Acer…
I’m ever so grateful that it dropped the seed into the Euonymous bush below, they look so good together at this time of year.
Still flowering, will it never stop!
In the woodland are a few seedling Field Maples, which I’m encouraging to grow as the leaves have such wonderful yellow leaves in the autumn. The lanes and roads round here are lined with this shrub/tree and they look very pretty contrasting with other trees.
Acer Sango kaku is still hanging onto a few leaves…..
…as is our unknown Acer by the archway into the woodland. This tree started losing its leaves in all the gales that we had this month, before it had achieved it’s full colour. I think the colour now is about the same as last year, but most of the leaves have now blown away.
There are still plenty of leaves to come down from all our oaks, more sweeping!
I love the leaves on this cyclamen and seedlings are popping up in other parts of the woodland, thanks I presume to the ants spreading the seed around.
This little pot with one bulb was given to me by the local garden centre when I was shopping there in the spring. I just put it in the back garden, meaning to plant it sometime in the summer. You know how it is, other things demand your attention, and things get forgotten. I was so surprised as I was walking round taking my photos this morning to see the bulb with its flower, I really must plant it as it is so determined to live in spite of my neglect!
Just before I reached the back door, I spotted that a few of the primulas were flowering, all in this colour, the other colours are still hunkering down, keeping a low profile.
This concludes my wander round the garden first thing this morning. I have a couple of areas where I want to change the planting, rather, I have one area where I want to change the planting as I think it is now a bit boring and another area where I have to change the planting as a large bush has died! I will keep those for another time when there won’t be as much to look at.
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