I am going to stick my neck out and say that I like November in the garden. It’s a wild, wet and windy day today and the leaves are dancing off the trees. It’s the sort of day to to stay inside and enjoy the autumn colours through the window. At this time of the year my neighbour’s willow tree sheds its leaves far and wide. I just can’t photograph the sight of them twirling down into the garden but it is truly lovely.
Here’s my view from the inside. The garden is surrounded by trees in other gardens and the falling leaves all get added to the leaf heap. I’ve emptied out last year’s leaves into old compost bags to allow them to rot down for a few more months before they are spread around the raspberry canes.
In my garden the large fig tree and the persimmon are changing colour and dropping leaves. I had a bumper crop of persimmons this year until September. Then the majority of them dropped off. I think I’m left with about a dozen.
I like November because I don’t worry about what is giving colour in the garden. It’s time to relax and enjoy the settling down for winter. The manure for the veg beds has arrived. In a week or two the tulips will be planted and there will be some tidying up of the borders but then it’s time to let it all go for a while and indulge in some wishful thinking for the next surge of growth.
An update on the green manure sown in September. It’s a bit patchy but maybe that’s how it’s supposed to be. It’s going to be dug in next week when the manure will be spread around the veg plot. Then the worms can do their thing over winter. Parsnips are my only winter crop so other than tidying up the soft fruit the veg plot will be off my radar for a while.
There are still lovely plants filling the borders. In the summer I bought a couple of small pots of gunnera magellanica to provide ground cover. It has settled in really well and I like the small leaves. There is a promise of flowers followed by berries but I haven’t seen any evidence of them yet.
The roses continue despite the rain. This is Gertrude Jekyll. I will give the roses a winter cut back but for now I’m letting them bloom.
It’s a late post from me because I watched the rugby. Oh well! Time to catch up with the SOS posts on Mr P’s site there’ll be plenty to see there.