Apologies to anyone who wasn’t able to leave a comment on my last post, somehow the “gremlins” had got in and were preventing anyone from leaving a comment. I have had a word with the “gremlin” and hopefully this will never happen again, it should be possible to leave a message now.
I didn’t think there would be very much to photograph this time , but then, when I started looking, it was amazing what I found scattered in different parts of the garden. There are a few flowers still thinking it is summer and just about hanging on, and there are the winter flowerers that are just starting. Hanging on valiantly are the hardy Fuchsias, this one is Delta Sarah.
I have read that you can eat the seed pods of fuchsias by making them into the filling for a pie or a flan, the only problem is that I never seem to have enough at any one time.
This Fuchsia is Whiteknights Blush and is one of my favourites, a lovely pale pink.
Campanula porscharskyana is still flowering round the place. It pops up everywhere and has to be controlled with a firm hand or it would smother everything in its path.
Choisya ternata is covered in buds, this will be its 3rd flowering, if frost doesn’t put paid to its flowers.
Garrya eliptica is gearing up to flowering at the correct time, another month and the tassels will be 3 times the length.
I hadn’t realised that Liriope muscari formed lilac berries after it had flowered, yes , I know , not a flower, but I thought they looked so lovely so should be included.
I found one tiny Cyclamen hederifolium still hanging on. Their leaves are now forming a lovely patterned ground cover, soon it will be Cyclamen coum that we are looking at along with the snowdrops.
A few Hellebore are putting up their buds, I really think they should wait a few more weeks.
Mahonia “Charity” has been flowering for a long time now, providing pollen and nectar for any late bees that are still foraging on sunny days,
but just look at the gorgeous jade coloured berries that follow for the blackbirds and thrushes to enjoy.
This Chaenomeles by the back door flowers on and off all through the winter, depending on the weather, it has just started and will continue until April.
Viburnum bodnantense “New Dawn” is covered in buds, these are just about to open and like the Chaenomoles above, will continue all winter as long as the winter isn’t like the last one!
By the front door we have the winter jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum, that we inherited with the house. It is in full shade, so I’m sure it would flower much better if it was in more sun, even so, it does its best and forms a nice splash of yellow to brighten up a dark area.
A new shrub that we have just bought and planted in the woodland strip is Callicarpa bodinieri which has the most gorgeous purple berries, more food for my birds and dormice to enjoy !
Shining out from the very dark corners of the woodland are the berries of Iris foetidissima. Something is spreading the seed around all the shady areas but I’m very glad because quite often, nothing else will grow where it is so dark.
Also in the dark shade of the woodland are a couple of plants of butchers broom, Ruscus aculeatus. My plants are only very small still, but they are producing very large berries.
That’s it for November, it is a lot colder than it has been lately, but still no frosts for us so far, I think all the summer flowers will soon stop putting out flowers and we will be left with the ones that should be flowering now. Here in Devon, in about 6 weeks, it will be snowdrop time once more, the other day when I was doing a bit of tidying I noticed lots of snowdrop “noses” showing above the soil, won’t be long now before the gardening year starts once more will it , or like us, does it never stop for you ?