It’s so hard to believe that it’s the middle of November already!
This weekend has been another lovely warm and sunny one, so that’s three in a row; even though it has been wet and windy on the weekdays in between. It was nice enough to have lunch outside both days.
Incredibly nearly all the roses I possess have at least one flower.
I am happy the planting associations I have planned have worked even when plants flower outside their expected period.
The strong winds mean that several of the trees have lost most of their leaves. Interestingly the Melia planted where it receives the north wind has lot all its leaves and dropped all its small branches whereas the leaves of the multi-stemmed one, planted in a more sheltered position, haven’t even changed to butter yellow from green.
The flowers of the grasses especially Miscanthus sp. add so much to the garden at this time of year. Today I planted Miscanthus gigantea, I hope it reaches its predicted three metres. I have created a small area with Box balls behind the pomegranate with Miscanthus behind; they can only be seen from certain angles so will add a little surprise as you walk around the garden. I’ve also been trying to plant everything that I’ve bought and not previously planted and, of course, the bulbs! Still about 250 Tulips to go plus some Iris and 100 Gladioli byzantinus.
I think some areas are looking better now than they did in summer; I’m very pleased with the small island – it had remained rather bare, now the plants are beginning to form ‘pictures’ together, I’ve planted lots of bulbs in this bed so I’m looking forward to spring; why is it gardeners always long for the next season even when things are pretty good now?
It is very important to me that my plants work well together and give pleasure rather than that I have rare or ‘special’ plants that only produce a few flowers because they are not in the right situation.
Plants that are perfumed at this time of year are especially appreciated; I have two different Eleagnus that fill the air around them with the most delicious perfume and attract honey bees so add sound too.
I am aware that some flowers have been present almost every Bloomday, I don’t apologise for putting them in – I feel this helps me (and maybe others) understand which plants are good value; which are worthwhile even if they are transitory; and which are really not worth the space they take up. Click photo below to see all the flowers that are giving me such pleasure today.
Thanks to Carol at May dreams gardens for hosting November Bloomday. Why not go and check out what’s flowering around the world?