The middle of November already, where has 2013 gone? With such a gentle autumn with rain and sun and mild temperatures day and night there are still plenty of blooms in the garden. Yes, there are the usual suspects, the plants that flower reliably for most of the year and they are not appreciated any less by me for that reason, they deserve their inclusion in GBBD as much as any prima donnas who excite with their rare presence. I‘m joining Carol at May Dreams where gardeners from all over the world share what’s flowering today in their gardens.
Rosa mutabilis has plenty of bloom and is showing all its various colours because it is not hot, when they all tend to turn deep crimson very quickly.
There are lots of other roses flowering (as you will see in the slideshow), some are almost without foliage; this has been a bad year for black spot (usually there is virtually none), I will need to make sure the fallen foliage is removed and burnt.
Very unusually the Oleander is flowering again, I don’t often post about these, they form part of the windbreak at the top of the slope; they are a plant that is best viewed at a distance. They are used here in the central reservations on motorways as they are evergreen, require little maintenance and are drought tolerant. Most people don’t want them in their gardens for the reason they are commonly seen on motorways; I think you can learn which plants are easy by what you see growing in industrial situations.
The Buddleia is an example of a plant that I wasn’t pleased with where I had planted it in the Large Island but that is perfect somewhere else (the slope), where I see it when it is performing well but that disappears when it is not looking its best.
Click on the image below of Buddleia ‘Silver Anniversary’ above to see all the other blooms in My Hesperides Garden this 15th November.
While I was on the slope photographing the he Buddleia I saw a snake slither quickly away, a good job it was so warm or it might have stayed where it was and bitten me! I haven’t actually seen any snakes all this year; I only know there was at least one in the garden because I was bitten in spring. I was wearing thick shoes and socks today so I would, hopefully, have not been bitten, it does make me realise that the joy of having all the soil covered with foliage and plants has its negative side.