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November garden


By lauram


Today was a beautiful one, 74 degrees and sunny, so after running the usual Sunday errands I spent a bit of time outside trying to tidy up.
I removed a few of the leaves from my sun garden – the one spot near the house where I get half-decent light – to find this mess. This area is a difficult one to plant in. There’s solid rock at varying depths throughout the plot – in some places I hit rock after digging only 5 or so inches down. So some places are bare by necessity.

This area really needs to be redone next year. It’s full of Rudbeckia, which I love, but it tends to look so ratty after it’s done blooming. I’ve pulled out a lot of it, but you can see how well it reseeds itself from this picture. These generally remain green all winter.

The other plant that really spreads is showy evening primrose, Oenothera speciosa. It’s native to the midwest, not Georgia, but it will fill any bare spots in the garden. I was shocked to find this sold at Wal Mart. It has a lovely delicate pink flower in spring and summer. Look at all the little babies!

Another plant purchased at Wal Mart for I think $1.00 (from the discount-90%-dead-plant table) was this Coreopsis. I bought 4 – much to the surprise of the checkout lady – but they’ve exploded & look super healthy now.

These Penstemons were relocated from another spot where they got a bit too much shade. They’ve grown so lush. This is another one that will stay green all winter.

Some of the plants that shriveled up and died due to the summer heat have rebounded. This Shasta daisy has some nice new growth.

Over in the shady area….I really like how this Acanthus mollis is doing. This was an eBay bargain at $2.00. I hope it grows to be as big and impressive as those I’ve seen in GOY members’ gardens!

My oakleaf hydrangeas failed to bloom this year, but have made up for it with this beautiful autumn foliage.

And finally…..I thought this carpet of colorful pear tree leaves was so pretty.

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Lauram, you have got a challenge with all the rock under the soil...something to plan to sort next year.

Nice to see that some poorly growing (almost dying) plants are springing back to life. You've still got a nice lot of sunny weather :) It's pretty wet and windy over here and snow threatens in higher elevations.

Happy gardening :)

22 Nov, 2010


We're fortunate to have very, very little snowfall here (and when there is snow, everything shuts down), but still the temps here are unusually warm for the end of November. I'm not complaining, though! As for my lovely rock - I'm hoping the Oenothera will spread and cover those areas that I'm unable to plant in.

22 Nov, 2010


That shot of the Pear tree leaves would make lovely wallpaper.

22 Nov, 2010


Nice you have things to look forward to next year. Good luck with redoing that part of your garden :o)

22 Nov, 2010

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