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Beginning of November 2014 garden.

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It’s been a terrific gardening year this year hasn’t it. There are still flowers dotted about giving the feel that winter is months away yet. The temperatures have been very good too allowing us to spend longer in the gardens before we need to wrap up warmly. I would normally have cut down most of the plants by now and need wellies on to help stop me slipping and sliding in the mud….lol. We have just got home from a few days away in Norfolk where the weather was brilliant and were happy to find so many flowers still looking fresh in the garden. I thought I would put a blog together as a record, so that I can look back next year to see if the seasons are stretching out either side of a shorter winter. Eternal optimist me…lol
The geraniums are looking really good, it seems a shame to have to cut them back, dig them out and pot them up for overwintering just yet.


The Penstemons have been brilliant too and they are adding more colour to the borders. I just wish I was any good at taking cuttings. Maybe next year I will succeed with all the helpful advice I have received from you lovely Goyers.


Before we went away I decided to revamp the strawberry bed as it was getting a bit long in the tooth and I want to buy new plants for next year. They did produce quite well at the beginning of the season but the later ones were a bit sparse. We want to make a new bed and turn this one into a rockery/alpine bed. So far we have added a few large rocks and the Cyclamen from seed that BJS sent to me some time ago. They have been flowering well this past month. I forgot to take photos when they were at there best!!


I hope they like it here and want to spread. There are a few more by the pond which I will transplant later. I ordered some dwarf/miniature daffs and tulips and they were delivered while we were away so planting them is a nice job for next week.
The Dianthus have a few flowers still and add a little more colour.


..this Geum doesn’t realize it should be resting and it was a nice surprise to see this Chrysanthemum I didn’t realize I had in the side of the slope lawn. The Dahlias aren’t ready to be dug up and dried off yet.


The roses did really well too and there are a few buds to open yet. I love this unnamed one in the front garden. I can’t believe it’s the first of November and it’s flowering beautifully.


Aren’t the berries on this shrub lovely? Xxx

Everyone’s Clematis has been superb this year too and this C. Freckles has been in flower for about 2 months now. I didn’t expect flowers until February/ March.

This Campanula has flowered non stop since the beginning of May. It tried to climb up the trellis this year…lol.

and this ? Rudbeckia is doing great.

This is a pretty little plant that does well in my garden no matter where I put it…

These flowers came out in July and stayed on the plant. I can’t remember what they are. They were from seed last spring. I must see if I saved the seed packets. I would like to grow them again but closer together.

I bought these Dianthus late in September and they are just starting to flower.

There are some Chrysanths left to cut in the cutting border. I’ve had loads off of these young plants.

I wasn’t expecting these Nasturtium. They must be from seed I left in the soil from last year. They have only just started to flower though.

Well, that’s about it now. I was thinking of potting some Geraniums up and bringing then into the conservatory for a few months but looking at the window, it’s already chock full of plants and there are the fuchsias and the money plants to bring in still. Oh! Heck. There had better be a bit of shuffling of plants to get everything in and still have room for the grandchildren (and me) to play…:o)

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It is still incredibly summery in your garden, how really amazing it looks.
What a good idea to use it as a record to compare it with this time next year.
As the days gets cooler you have that lovely conservatory to sit in.

1 Nov, 2014

 

Thank you Wildrose. The conservatory was one of T's best ideas. Brilliant as a play room when the grandchildren come to stay and I get to keep loads of plants too. T even put the garden swing up in there after the cherry tree had to come down....lol I love it...

1 Nov, 2014

 

It really is the warmest Autumn for a very long time ... lovely to see so much colour still to enjoy. I think your unknown flowers may be Zinnias.

1 Nov, 2014

 

Oh! Yes, that rings a bell Shirley. Thank you.

1 Nov, 2014

 

You're welcome, they are pretty little flowers.

1 Nov, 2014

 

Lovely blog Hb, wish I had a conservatory for plants etc...My shed is chocca and I had to move everything around so OH could get the mower out(for the last time I hope)then I can spread out a bit. Love the Penstemon, beautiful dark colour.I hope you do manage to get some cuttings going, they are a lovely plant.

1 Nov, 2014

 

All looking good Hb .
Hope that you enjoyed your stay in Norfolk .

1 Nov, 2014

 

Super, loved my walk around your garden.

1 Nov, 2014

 

Your garden is still looking good ... I hope it lasts a while longer for you to enjoy :o)
I like to see a conservatory full of plants !

2 Nov, 2014

 

I was the same as you HB...making a record to compare in later autumns! I hope the winters DO get shorter! Lots of lovely colours there still, and I am interested in how everyone overwinters their geraniums...sorry, pelargoniums! Will a cold greenhouse be sufficient? I have mine in the house on windowsills, but would prefer not to, as they dry out too much and the petals are such a mess.

2 Nov, 2014

 

Btw, I'm in the pod right now, which is our alternative conservatory...but no room for plants. Sometimes I do think wistfully of my lovely big conservatory in the old house...the only thing I miss!

2 Nov, 2014

 

I enjoyed looking at your Autumn garden.Hb..it's certainly extended the season..no complaints from me on that score.:o) .I have potted all my Pelargoniums up now,and luckily,I have a conservatory to overwinter them in too...I bought a cheap growhouse,just for the staging,which is great,and doesn't take up much space,as you have the height more than the width....maybe one would be helpful to you?Can you tell me the name of that pretty green bush with the berries on please? I do like that..

2 Nov, 2014

 

Thank you all very much.
The bushy plant with the berries is a Sarcococca_confusa Bloomer. The flowers are beautifully scented early in the year. I bring the grow house staging in in the spring to bring my seedlings on, I never thought to use them through the winter for the geraniums/ pelargonium.
Karen, I left some in the greenhouse last winter but they tended to get mouldy. Not dry enough in there for them obviously. Maybe your greenhouse will be dryer than mine. I love your Pod. I'm envious. Much nicer than a summerhouse.

3 Nov, 2014

 

Thanks for that HB. I'll keep them in the house...as you say..much dryer, which is what they like. It's lovely to have them still flowering and I'll just have to knuckle down to the watering and dead-heading. :) Pod is nice, thank you! ;)

3 Nov, 2014

 

Thank you for the name of the plant,Hb..I'm sure one of my neighbour's has one,but she couldn't remember it's name,as it really took my eye..It could possibly be a Sarcococca confusa..I shall look it up.:o).
I don't have space for a Greenhouse,so I have a decent quality Growhouse ,permanently outside,and bought a cheap one to have inside for winter/spring..I also stand a heated propagator on it,to grow seeds,and then they go in the other one outside,when it's warm enough to harden them off..I have found it extremely useful..mine came from 'Bee and Em ' lol..It lives in the loft when I don't need it :o)

3 Nov, 2014

 

Lovely show of colour. The flowers have been exceptional this year. Even the vegetables have produced well too. Thanks for sharing.

5 Nov, 2014

 

It still looks lovely, HB. It has indeed been a wonderful gardening year. I am gradually bringing in fuchsias, but my pelargoniums will stay out a little longer, I think. I have primroses and antirrhinums flowering still, and roses, of course! Most of my blue campanula is over, but here and there it is still showing that beautiful blue. The shortening daylight will do for most of the flowers soon, I think.

5 Nov, 2014

 

Where we are the frost is a white over this morning so that will finish anything now.

6 Nov, 2014

 

It was a shock to the system on Tuesday morning about 7, to go down and find the car windscreen frozen...brrrr. Then this morning it was white over in the garden. I had a great 4 hours in the garden later today though. I managed to get the rest of the bulbs planted and one long border dead headed and the roses I wanted to move, moved. I haven't got round to digging up the dahlias and geraniums yet. Hopefully if it's fine tomorrow I can spend a few hours doing that.
I can't seem to find the name of the dark penstemon. I'll look in the greenhouse tomorrow to see if I have the label for it in there.

6 Nov, 2014

 

Sounds as though you had a productive time HB. Gerry put the bubble wrap up in the greenhouse and most of the pots with tender plants in have gone inside.

7 Nov, 2014

 

I know I should have a comment on here somewhere!!!
Oh well I enjoyed looking again H'bird, hoping its still hanging on for you, we've had some frosty mornings this week but my flowers are still not giving up, all prepared for winter as much as can be, some in g'houses others in sheltered spots, collecting fallen apples and leaf clearing are the biggest jobs at the moment...

7 Nov, 2014

 

Linda, I haven't got round to replacing the bubble wrap in the greenhouse...a job for this coming weekend me thinks before I put any more plants in there.
Thanks Lincs. You sound very organized. The trees have shed most of there leaves over the past week and I have yet to rake most of them up. The problem is where to stack them all. Big trees are all very well but it's amazing how deep the fallen leaves are lying on the top garden. Copper beach leaves seem to take forever to turn into leaf mould..I am going to try mowing them up with the mower this year. I've already got a large compost frame full..:o)

10 Nov, 2014

 

I'm wading through leaves here, as well! Just one windy night at this time of year, and they are all over the ground. I must get out there and clear up... The wisteria is hanging on, though, and the contorted willow usually keeps its leaves until January.

12 Nov, 2014

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