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Mid November....

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….is exactly what you would expect….dreich, drooket and guy gloomy. Not to mention the houlin o wind! In fact, you could say that this week is oorlich. If you can apply that word to the weather, which I’m not entirely sure you can, but somebody will let me know. :)

Not the weather for gardening, but when parcels of bare root plants and bulbs arrive, well, you don’t have any choice really but to get on the scarf and the fleece and get out there. :(

But isn’t it incredible….so many plants still flowering!! Mid November and we still have so much colour in our gardens. So for that, I suppose we have the mild, gloomy, wet weather to thank! On the downside…not a glimpse of the sun forecast, and loads more rain here for the next five days :(

Some pics taken today….

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Hi Karen ..
interesting to see so much in flower in November ..
what's in photo 5 please ?

13 Nov, 2014

 

Hi Terra, Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer,' with Rose 'Hommage a Barbara' in the rear.

13 Nov, 2014

 

Thanks .. pretty colours :o)

13 Nov, 2014

 

I've seen the weather warnings Karen and some parts are in for a battering, lots still going on in your garden so thats something nice to look out onto and now you don't have to hang out the bedroom windows for our benefit....

13 Nov, 2014

 

Yes, it's getting worse here too!

13 Nov, 2014

 

quite breezy here, but very mild for November, lots of colour you have still there Karen, hopefully the weather will not spoil it just yet.

13 Nov, 2014

 

We aren't doing to bad down the road a bit Karen. Today has been the worst one but even then I was able to get outdoors.
You've still got lots in flower. I must have a good look tomorrow. I like the Phormium and Heuchera combo. That will look even better if we get some snow. The black Phormium would look great against the crisp white.

13 Nov, 2014

 

Lovely pics, Karen. I guess I'd better not mention the snowcapped mountains, beautiful lakes, blue sky and sunshine here in NZ's South Island?!

14 Nov, 2014

 

SHEILA!! Hello! lucky, lucky lady! Stay there...don't come back here for a while....there's no sign of improvement, and we are getting the worst of it today. :(

Angie...those black plants are looking even better than I'd hoped around the pod, and the Achillea flowering! Wonderful. Can't wait to see it all next year when the black Elders grow a bit and the paeonies flower (hopefully!). I'm off out to see a friend this morning....or else I'd stay in my pyjamas and watch films! Lol!

Thanks Mum...this is only a small selection of the colour still going on here. Stiff winds and rain today, but when Scott came in from footie last night at 10pm it was 11C!! Incredibly mild. but I'd much rather have cold sunshine tbh. Sitting in front of my daylight lamp right now. I've got three in various rooms! The wind has wrecked several of my shrubs, and yesterday I took out Cotinus 'Grace'. It was never going to work in that raised bed in this exposed site.Replaced it with a Stipa Gigantea...but that will probably be knocked flat too......we'll see.

14 Nov, 2014

 

Raining here but going to Brigg garden centre with Sarah later on this morning. Off to see what is new in their Christmas decorations etc. and lunch of course. She has dentist at 11.30 and then we are off.

14 Nov, 2014

 

Enjoy! I am going to see a friend soon. :)

14 Nov, 2014

 

Heavy rain here but dull and mild with no wind. I love that black Phormium Karen, does it have a name? Looks great with the cerise Achillea :o)

14 Nov, 2014

 

Isn't it a joy to see so much colour in November Karen? I can't believe that I have Penstemons flowering again ... thought they had finished for this year! My Fuchsia 'Lady Boothby' is still flowering away. We had heavy rain overnight and early morning but blue sky with sunshine now :o)

14 Nov, 2014

 

I've just come in from visiting a friend, and many roads are now flooding. The wind is strong and with more rain forecast for the next few days, I expect roads closed and chaos......never mind, it will soon be C........! ;)

Annie, yes it does have a name...the Achillea is 'Red Velvet', and Phormium 'Platt's Black'. It had iridescent green flower spikes when I brought it home...stunning!

14 Nov, 2014

 

That's not good Karen. Our daughter just rang to say she drove through flooded country lanes near Goodwood early today, drove in to a pot-hole (out of sight in the water) and now has a flat tyre! Man from the garage on his way to her ...

14 Nov, 2014

 

I will be purchasing Platt's Black some time soon ;o)

14 Nov, 2014

 

Oh dear Shirley...I hope she's home safe soon. It's stopped raining here now thank goodness. We had a stream coming down the drive earlier...luckily it ran in to the field, not the house!

Nice one Annie...its a stunner!

14 Nov, 2014

 

Yes we are lucky - on holiday here with the DownUnderlings, so have now met Frankie (8 months) our second granddaughter, who is adorable, obviously! Chiara (3) is Very Lively and OH is having great fun keeping up! X

14 Nov, 2014

 

Excellent! Sheila, get those photos uploaded soon! :))

14 Nov, 2014

 

Still good to see so much colour Karen, despite the wet.......lovely day today, thank goodness, had so much rain here, really cheesed off with it.

14 Nov, 2014

 

I know, it's been miserable. But look on the bright side. 2010...we were up to our knees in snow by now! At least water runs away fairly fast. Murky, but dry this morning here. Having a lab. Puppy is such hard work when it's miserable. At least I was able to throw a ball for her this morning! :)

15 Nov, 2014

 

Daughter got home safe and sound, eventually, but her purse is a bit lighter now though!

15 Nov, 2014

 

Yes, that will have cost her a few bob! Glad she's ok.

15 Nov, 2014

 

The flowers still blooming are certainly surprising. I've still gots lots of cosmos, as well as fuchsias and roses. We've been very lucky with the weather here. A couple of windy days, but some sun as well. Just a fortnight to Advent - amazing...

15 Nov, 2014

 

Lucky you Melchi. I've been ever so busy today, working in the fog, to try to catch up with jobs on the only dry-ish day this week...and the rain will be back tomorrow. :(

15 Nov, 2014

 

Sorry to hear about the UK weather 😕😕

16 Nov, 2014

 

Your plants are looking lovely still Karen. If only this horrible fogg and drizzle would go away. It makes you want to hibernate.

16 Nov, 2014

 

The rain came early! Overnight, so we had a dry day today! :) still pretty mild and miserable, but at least the dogs were out for a lot longer and not driving me nuts indoors all day. :)

16 Nov, 2014

 

Hello Karen ...yes, lots of colour here still in Essex. we haven't had any cold weather yet and the sun is shining today, despite a misty murky start to the day.
I look forward to seeing more of your new garden.I will soon have a new one of my own. You probably remember that I (Paulthegardener as was) said I would return to GOY when I have a new garden (well, it's imminent)

19 Nov, 2014

 

oH! What a lovely surprise Paul! Can't wait to see your new garden! :)) awful day here...so depressing. Haven't seen sun/real daylight for 10 days in a row :(

19 Nov, 2014

 

Overall, Karen, although it's been very wet recently, we've had a wonderful summer and autumn down here.September and October were like mid summer and even the first week or so of November were not autumn like at all.
There won't be much of a garden to see, Karen, it's very small. I have put a couple of the estate agents pictures of garden on my blog.

20 Nov, 2014

 

Well, I've always thought that a small garden is a huge opportunity to create a jewel of tranquility and sanctuary Paul...without needing a mega budget! :))

20 Nov, 2014

 

Well, I will, hopefully have a small veg patch or a couple tiny raised beds so it won't be all that tranquil but I have some ideas for planting, incorporating mainly grasses and complimentary planting. We have no front garden(it's a very modern town house) so I will(if I ever get the energy to get up a ladder) fix some planters/baskets on the house wall!

20 Nov, 2014

 

Sounds good Paul. I've just been adding some Carex testacea today for winter interest. They are invaluable! I thought it looked like a new townhouse. The back garden looks very private and a decent size too. I'm going to be concentrating on veggie growing next year. It's something I've never had much room for before, but I'm not digging up lawn to accommodate the productive gardening. The greenhouse will be well used, and OH has made me some raised beds. I'm hoping for some more to place in front of the dog run, so I can use that bit of space and at the same time disguise the metal fencing with some runner beans etc! MY front garden faces South, but about a third of it is Tarmac, so I want to use some of that area for growing without digging up he drive and parking space! I'm looking forward to seeing what you will do with the garden, but you take it easy. Go at a comfortable pace!

20 Nov, 2014

 

Behind our garden Karen, is a residents green space.It is only for use of residents as it's a private road and the green spaces are up-kept by a residents' association which we have to pay a management charge for.
It's not a children's park with play equipment etc , more of a gardens with shrubs , trees etc.

20 Nov, 2014

 

Even better! No houses with trampolines looking over your back garden. :)

20 Nov, 2014

 

Ha ha yes, I remember when our neighbour Vicky moved in here a few months after us and the next summer, her little 3 yr old , Jack, used to bounce up and down all day, very often naked.Ha ha! Fortunately he's got out of that now he's 15. But, in fairness, we have always got on very well with Vicky and hope we get on as well with our new neighbours. She, is also moving in the next few weeks. Said she didn't want to live here without us as neighbours.Hopefully , we'll keep in touch with her.We're only moving 17 miles away and she is moving only about 6 or 7 miles from us.

21 Nov, 2014

 

Ah, that's lovely. I'm sure you will keep in touch too. :))

21 Nov, 2014

 

p.s. it's not the bouncing I objected to ...just the screaming that seems to have to go with it! (Teenage girls).

21 Nov, 2014

 

Ha ha....i hope we don't have that...but, we are moving to an area where there are lots of families(whereas, where we are is predominantly 50 plus) ...I want to grow old surrounded by younger people...I think!!

21 Nov, 2014

 

I can sympathise with that, Karen. It doesn't worry me in principle, but it's hard to ignore, isn't it? I also agree with Paul, though. Dilemmas, dilemmas... And then I wonder if my old neighbours found my boys noisy 30-plus years ago...if so, they never mentioned it! 😉

27 Nov, 2014

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