The Slope on Thursday 14th November

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 usual view - bright sun and deep shade today

The usual view – bright sun and deep shade today

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.

Photinia has lots of bright red new foliage, the nearest I'm likely to get to some autumn colour

Photinia has lots of bright red new foliage, the nearest I’m likely to get to some autumn colour

Prostrate Rosemary full of flowers, the bees love it

Prostrate Rosemary full of flowers, the bees love it

Looking up the drive from the gate

Looking up the drive from the gate

No soil visible now!

No soil visible now!

Buddleia ‘Silver Anniversary’ in full flower, can you spot the Red Admiral?

Buddleia ‘Silver Anniversary’ in full flower, can you spot the Red Admiral?

More Silver foliage

More Silver foliage

The Perovskia is not full of flower but there are still many branches that are deep blue, the rest are ghostly white stems now

The Perovskia is not full of flower but there are still many branches that are deep blue, the rest are ghostly white stems now

Bright red salvia also luminous with the bright rays of the sun this morning

Bright red salvia also luminous with the bright rays of the sun this morning

Silver foliage, white seed-heads of Pennisetum villosum and white flowers of the ever-flowering Solanum jasminoides ‘Album’   all reflect the light

Silver foliage, white seed-heads of Pennisetum villosum and white flowers of the ever-flowering Solanum jasminoides ‘Album’ all reflect the light

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?

15 thoughts on “The Slope on Thursday 14th November

  1. Love the silver and white in that last photo Christina. Autumn brings such wild and varied weather doesn’t it. In the past week I have had warm sunshine, grey skies, torrential rain and now, today, bright sun but cold, viscious north wind that is piling up the sea into a frothy cauldron. But I also have an Amelanchier lamarkii snuggled in to the front garden with a lovely thick mulch, so all is well in my wind-blown autumn garden.

  2. You certainly still have plenty going on in your slope and still plenty of flowers, lucky you! We too are having strong winds, blowing little branches off and leaves being blown away before they can show us their beautiful autumn tints. My windbreaks are good solid shrubs, berberis, cotoneaster, a bay bush, yew, beech hedge, holly,viburnum etc, nothing fancy but they do the job!

  3. Your foliage choices are keeping the garden interesting in the autumn. In fact it looks too green and lush to be autumn. There has been a lot of rain here and the garden looks a bit sad but sun is promised from tomorrow.

  4. Glad to say all my bulbs are planted but you probably have much longer in the season to get yours in. How strange that your order went off on an adventure on its own. Planting bulbs usually makes me cheerful as it reminds me that spring will come.

  5. It must be a joy to have so much flowering, and such lush foliage in November. Compensation for the dry and scorching summers. Silver and white really look good in the autumn light – I must make a note of that! Have fun bulb-planting! 😉

    • The whites and silvers always look good during the evening and winter as they reflect the light so well, here on the slope it is a happy accident that they are also attractive on days like yesterday.

  6. So far it’s been mild and very wet and the met office has issued warnings of more potential for flooding this winter. This week has been much drier and there was the first frost on Tuesday. The garden looks more like mid October though than a month later. Your garden looks very much still alive unlike mine which is descending into slumber. Loving the silvers and whites of the last image.

    • If you’ve gained a month, that’s a bonus! Even here it unusually mild, we haven’t even put the heating on yet although the last couple of mornings I was thinking it might be nice.

  7. Glad you got your bulbs. I don’t mind planting if I have a pre-designated spot, but all those other ones (most everything else) gets procrastinated for weeks and then finally shoved in at the last minute. I know it should be a more cheerful activity but I always put it off…. and then when it’s done I wonder what the big deal was, since it seems to go quickly.
    and the payoff is always so nice.
    Your rosemary continues to impress me. Mine was just brought in and it will be anyone’s guess as to surviving the winter or not.

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