The weather really changed this week. It was quite a shock to the system as the temperatures dropped and on Monday there were gale force winds and rain for most of the day; the wind has continued all week, dropping in intensity a little on Tuesday but still strong yesterday. Leaves were ripped from branches whether they were ready to fall or not; a whole branch was broken from one of the Leylandii.
But today is sunny and bright, the wind still present but not so cold.
As the weather changed my bulb order arrived. It had been delayed; the helpful people at Peter Nyssen called me a couple of weeks ago to say that the box they had sent had been returned to them, battered and broken as if it had travelled around the world; some things were missing but I was lucky and they had stock of everything missing except one variety of tulip which they have replaced with something of a similar colour, as it was a new variety for me, I wasn’t too disappointed. As always there seem to be an awful lot of bulbs to plant! And I thought I was being very careful with my order.
The slope is looking green, very green, I still need to remove a lot of the Eschscholzia californica seedlings, they are making nice soft material for compost.
What is the weather like for you in the middle of November? Do you suffer strong winds and if so what plants do you have to act as wind breaks?