It is definitely November. Several gusty and very wet days have brought down leaves from the trees and much time has been spent chopping them up with the lawn mower. This year’s leaf mould stack has been started and last year’s leaf mould is ready for distribution. Fungi are popping out all over the place and yet the snapdragons, astrantia and calendular putting on a fresh show. The roses continue to flower and mild weather is again forecast for next week. Here’s this week’s six.
The persimmon tree contributes some beautiful shades of red the leaf mould stack at this time of year. There are also the golden leaves of the tulip tree that landed in the greenhouse. The leaves are collected in chicken wire cage in the corner of the garden and at this point offer up a truly Autumnal glow to an otherwise forgotten place.
Mushrooms are appearing on the lawn and in the borders, but here they are colonising an old fig tree log in a small stack that I keep for the local wildlife. I am just wondering if this is honey fungus. I think not, but please advise if you think otherwise!
The astrantia major self-seeds rather prolifically here and needs to be relocated or pulled up. But it was a joy to find these in flower yet again.
The antirrhinum majus ‘White Giant’ didn’t reach giddy heights this year. But after sulking through the summer the recent rain has provoked it into action. Not exactly a giant but rather pretty all the same.
The humble calendula hasn’t featured at all in SOSs for this year but the sunny glow of orange in early November deserves a mention.
And once again, I can finish on a rose. These are two shrubs of ‘Wisley’, planted at the shadier end of the long border, still pumping out new buds and in the foreground the seedheads of rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’, reminding me that it really is November.
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It was the perfect week to be on holiday with nothing to do as it was too hot to do anything. The dead heading was left but there was no avoiding the need to water in the greenhouse. Tomatoes, melons, strawberries, lettuce and basil are all motoring along. Outside the green beans are being picked along with raspberries, gooseberries and blackcurrants. Here’s the view of the garden this week.
I have to share this view of the allotment end of the garden although it’s not to my credit. I had a few calendula plants in the garden a couple of years ago and if they are not ruthlessly controlled they run riot! Beautifully so, but I need to fight back. I’m enjoying the splash of colour for the moment but an afternoon spent pulling them out is on the agenda and next year I will be hoeing them off, immediately, no ground given. Honestly.
It is now four years since the move to this house and the garden borders are transformed. Each year a new corner or two comes under scrutiny. This year it was the passion flower draped arch and trellis. I could see that a honeysuckle also entwined its way around the uprights but it never flowered. One side of the passion flower has been taken down and the honeysuckle probably got a bit of a cut back in the process. Perhaps this is why it has flowered for the first time. It’s a great addition.
The scented leaf pellies are back in their summer pots and are decorating the patio. The peat free compost does dry out quickly on the surface so daily watering was necessary. This one is ‘Prince of Orange’.
The cheerful Shasta daisies seem to be twice as high this year. They were started from seed about four years ago. They grow up into the wild blackberries that are another corner of the garden awaiting some attention. It looks like there will be a good crop there too.
Most of the delphiniums are going to seed now and need to be cut back but this one came through a little later. It was a pot luck buy at a plant sale, just marked delphinium. I’ve had it for three years now but it always only puts up one spike. Is that a thing for certain types of delphinium ?
To finish I offer this combination of blackcurrant sage and a penstemon – could it be ‘Apple Blossom’? The sage looked a little sad after the winter but it responded well to a cut back and is now threading its way around the penstemon.
Cooler temperatures for next week will see me back in the garden catching up on the dead heading. The roses need to be fed to help them produce the next wave of flowers and I think I’ll have a nose around the late crop new potatoes. If nosing around gardens is your thing then go immediately to Mr P’s he has the most divine photo of the rose ‘Generous Gardener’, it’s a must see!