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Still blooming in November!

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This morning I took advantage of a break in between the wind and rain to pick up the fallen leaves of the Grapevine, the brown Cordyline leaves (all 34 of them!) and the many small twiggy branches of a neighbours Beech tree.

I’m on to filling my fourth black sack of leaves and doubt if there’ll be enough to fill another sack. It just seems wasteful to throw them in the re-cycling garden bin and they can be stored out of sight for a year, if it takes that long!

These pretty Nerine bowdenii, or Guernsey Lilies, withstood the wind and rain throughout last night, despite looking so delicate.

This Hebe shall always be called ’Audrey’s Hebe’ as it was she who gave me a cutting from her very well established, almost 6ft. high shrub.

Another Hebe, this time a purple one, has also thrived from a cutting given by a friend named Alan, but Alan just doesn’t seem an apt name for a Hebe somehow! I recall posting a pic of it when it was a small cutting and, I think it was Bloomer who suggested Phoebe the Hebe and the name has stuck! I know it’s daft, but Phoebe it is!

This Lace-cap Hydrangea just keeps on blooming, even though I would have expected it to be looking brown and shabby by now. No complaints from me and a cutting I took from it in the Summer is still alive and living in the greenhouse until it’s all growed up!

I have been unable to save any Cosmos seeds this season as the weather has been so poor, resulting in them not drying out enough, just staying in tight masses of soggy and sorry looking seedheads. The white varieties, both short and tall, have been uprooted but the pink are still in bloom, with buds, unheard of in November in my garden!

The Spiraea japonica ‘Shirobana’ has yellowing leaves, yet still has blooms and buds on it.

I admire the bravery of this Clematis, though I doubt it will open up completely now! It has entwined itself with the Passionflower I thought had died off, only to find it growing up and through a neighbour’s cherry tree! Luckily she loves it, so we shall train it to enable us to share the lovely flowers next year.

Another bold little plant, this Geranium was cut back hard at the end of September, yet it has two flowers in bloom today

Viburnum tinus ‘Gwenllian’ seems to love this damp and dreary weather

As does this Hardy Bush Fuchsia, ‘Garden News’, which I really should dig up and place in the greenhouse for the Winter

I hope this awful weather changes for the better soon, having just seen the latest news on flooded areas, keep safe everyone.

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Oh you are lucky Shirley its pretty well flowerless and leafless here except for brave Violas and Nerines in the gh.........

25 Nov, 2012

 

Lovely to see you on here again,Shirley..Your garden is brilliant for this time of year..and so glad 'Phoebe' has done so well..It made me smile to see the name had stuck! Lol...I am definitely going to have some of those Nerines next year..stunning :o) x

25 Nov, 2012

 

Wonderful stuff !!

25 Nov, 2012

 

Everything looking lovely Shirley - quite an amazing amount of colour you've captured there :))

25 Nov, 2012

 

Your plants are still looking wonderful Shirley...wonderful blog....Love the Hebes...:>)

25 Nov, 2012

 

Many thanks for all your lovely comments ... I have been looking in on GoY but have had a 'virus' and been on various tablets for the past 3 weeks and really have not felt like commenting ... much happier today though ... lol! ... :o)))))

25 Nov, 2012

 

oh dear,and there's me thinking you had 'gone off ' us ! Lol.glad to hear you are feeling much better :o) x

25 Nov, 2012

 

Phoebe the Hebe LOL ! that was funny :D I needed a laugh !
I also have plants named after the people who gave me them. It's a way of identifying them :o)
I hope you haven't got floods Shirley. There's none here, but we've had lots of heavy rain.

25 Nov, 2012

 

Its lovely to see your garden still has some colour Shirley, I too have plants and shrubs named after relatives, friends and even places from where they came, lol, I`m pleased you are feeling better, these darn virus`s can really knock you back at times and take some shaking off, stay happy.......

26 Nov, 2012

 

Hi Shirley, your garden looks like in ongoing late summer. Beautiful flowers, although very unusual for late November with exclusion of Hebe and Viburnum tinus.

26 Nov, 2012

 

That virus has been running amock in our family too, but so far so good in this household. :) I'm glad you're feeling a lot better Shirley. Your passionflower is a clematis hun, but I'm positive you know that already :) It's lovely to see you have so much colour still going on in the garden. You've done the same as me...put the leaves in black bags out of sight for a year. It's the first time I've tried it, so lets hope next year we have some lovely mulch for the plants!

26 Nov, 2012

 

I love Phoebe the hebe!!!

26 Nov, 2012

 

I think the english language is getting worse.....or its my brain......

I read that you had a virus and are on various tablets.......

As I,m reading it on a tablet......pc's get viruses...ah she's got a computer problem......

Until folk were asking if you felt better........

Silly me. :0))

I hope both you......and your computer are feeling better Shirley. xxx

26 Nov, 2012

 

I read your title as 'still bloomin November' Lol Shirley!! Thought you might be excited about Christmas maybe! Love your flowers did you notice they are nearly all pink!

26 Nov, 2012

 

Pamg !!!
All looking good out there , Shirley , and your right , lots of things are much later than usual .

26 Nov, 2012

 

I'm glad it's not just me then,Pam and G.mage! Lol.

26 Nov, 2012

 

Pots for rags as my old granny used to say. :0))

26 Nov, 2012

 

I've never heard that expression before,Pam :o)

26 Nov, 2012

 

Well Shirley if it is Blooming November , its blooming lovely in your garden;0) I envy you all the colour and everything looking so fresh, pleased to see you again too ;0))

26 Nov, 2012

 

Must be local Bloomer, I can just about remember the rag and bone man with his horse and cart.......

27 Nov, 2012

 

I can probably remember him better than you ,Pam! ,I see where you are coming from now....:o)

27 Nov, 2012

 

I remember him well girls and the coal & milk being delivered by horse and cart!

27 Nov, 2012

 

That too where granny lived Dolly was the milkmans horse........now why do I remember that! :0)

27 Nov, 2012

 

ahem ! Anyone remember the Lamp lighter ? no? just me then :o(

27 Nov, 2012

 

Good grief ... I don't look in for 24hrs. and find we're talking about 'the good old days' now! ... Don't even go there with who used to deliver what, when and how ... far too many subjects come to mind!

We had rain falling for most of yesterday and I could see the borders flooding up ... not seen that happen before ... but it's nothing compared to other parts of the country ... :o(((

We went to Bognor Regis this morning ... the town was almost empty and the seafront was just about visible ... definitely not the time to be out on a boat ... but there were a couple of kite surfers ... mad fools!!

27 Nov, 2012

 

Well yes Bloomer...just!

My grandparents had an old blacklead range. Central fire with oven one side and water boiler the other....a big table in front with a little stool and me under neath it with my toasting fork........be about three or four I suppose, then grandad spread it with pork dripping for me mmmmm

27 Nov, 2012

 

I think the whole countrys soggy Shirley....
Are you on chalk? We,re good old leicestershire clay which finally seems to be starting to drain slightly

27 Nov, 2012

 

We have the misfortune to be on Sussex clay, Pam ... but I have added lots of grit and compost over the years so it's not too bad ... just the amount of rainfall we've had the past couple of days has been draining away very slowly ... :o(

27 Nov, 2012

 

Sorry Shirley..but you know how we wander about on here:o) we were just waiting for you to join in,but then again ,how would you know all about these things ???.We tend to forget you are a teenybopper ! Lol...compared to me,that is..I daren't speak for Pam :o)........and yes,my Grandma had a Blacklead range and oven too...and oh,that toast on the fire..nothing as good since ..:o)

27 Nov, 2012

 

True Bloomer......and I heard it all at my grannys knee being a baby boomer. :0)))

27 Nov, 2012

 

Lol,Pam...I'm a blooming,baby boomer Bloomer ! Try saying that after a swig of the cooking Sherry ! :o))

27 Nov, 2012

 

The Rag and Bone man would give a goldfish for enough rags , and my mother used to say we didn't have any rags or bones ! I wanted a goldfish .
The milk was delivered by horse and cart to us in the early fifties when we moved to the edge of town ; I think that he brought bread too , but very soon a shop opened around the corner .
Making toast on the fire was an art , Pamg , it often fell in when I was allowed to make it on our old range .

27 Nov, 2012

 

Shirley sorry to hear you have been hit with The Virus, arn't they a pain? but great to see so much colour in your garden, those Nerines look wonderful, oh dear my computer is doing odd things, I seem to have some sort of predictive text going on, swapped over to Safari because Google Chrome was so slow.......and now I wish I had stuck with Firefox!!

27 Nov, 2012

 

After reading through all the comments I have forgotten what the blog was about...lol. Oh! Yes...a lovely splash of late colour going on in your garden. A pleasure to see.
Did you have milk tokens to leave out for the milkman?

28 Nov, 2012

 

Lamp lighter B. ???? Thought was back in Dickensian days LOL. xxx

28 Nov, 2012

 

I think my mum did,H.bird..I wasn't bothered how the milk arrived :o),but I do remember her giving me the cream off the top,in an egg cup, cos' 'it would do me good ' :o)...oh and the Ration books...
Now then,cheeky ! not quite ,Gmage..but just going to make myself some Gruel :o)))

28 Nov, 2012

 

Lol you lot! ... I spent an hour looking for something at Mums yesterday and came across some old photos of my Grandparents on their wedding day and Grandad in his Army uniform ... then Mum and I reminisced on the Fifties as she found some photos of my sister and I ... was I really that skinny?!!!! ... How times change.

28 Nov, 2012

 

Now you say , Hb , there were milk tokens , but I think there was free milk allowed for children of 2yrs old before they started school , and we had two little ones , hence the tokens .
Then there was school milk . Some days it was frozen to the top in the winter and it had to be stood on the hot pipes to melt it . It still smelt of the cow , too !

28 Nov, 2012

 

Take care of those old photos Shirley, in future years someone will write your Family History. They will be most valuable. Wish I had more.

29 Nov, 2012

 

I remember the frozen milk pushing up through the top of the bottles like lollopops. We were once given milk tablets because the milkman couldn't get through the snow to school. I preferred the tablets......

29 Nov, 2012

 

Wow, Shirley, those Nerines are beautiful! I really must get some next year! All your garden still looks so colourful!

29 Nov, 2012

 

Gosh another GOYer living in a micro climate! Bloomer although I'm VERY young, quite the sprog, I remember the gas lighter. At the corner of our street we had gas lamps which were used by us children as swings. A rope would be thrown over the arms. Our street had cobbles in the road for ages too. Liverpool Council were very slow to modernise. Now Homebird, what the heck are milk tablets?:-) Shirley, I bought some plums today:-)

2 Dec, 2012

 

I know you are VERY young,Ba..but sprog wouldn't be the word I would use.more Whippersnapper,I think..and I remember all the cobbles well..shame a lot were just tarmaced over..we wouldn't have needed speed humps!.
we still have some in the local villages,which fit in better with the areas..

2 Dec, 2012

 

I had a nasty experience on those cobbles when wearing my roller skates. I had harnessed up my long suffering mongrel Trixie and was merrily careering along the pavement when he spotted a CAT! Those cobbles were very bumpy under the skate wheels, but I managed to cling on as I was dragged down back entries (terraced street) in hot persuit of moggie. Maybe not such a good idea to use a terrier as husky:-)

2 Dec, 2012

 

Lol,Ba..that conjures up a picture...! mush,doggie,mush ! :o))

2 Dec, 2012

 

I can remember gaslamps in the streets and my auntie was still using them in her house in the late sixties, she had no hot water or electricity at all, we used to love her oven in the fireplace, also used the flat iron that heated up on the range with a piece of old sheeting tied on it for fragile materials, do you know I`m thinking back and swear I can smell that scorched old rag, lol. We lived there as well until 1951, then got a house with a proper bathroom and electricity, Sunday was sweet day and I can still remember loving it when the lady in the shop took the coupon out of the ration book.
The best though was our family Doctor who used to come to the house on his horse and tell my dad to go outside and hold it whilst he checked my mom when she`d had one of the babies......

2 Dec, 2012

 

Wow Lincs, a doctor on a horse! Where did you live?:-)
It's no laughing matter Bloomer:-)

2 Dec, 2012

 

Here in the town Ba, the doctor lived in a house next to the surgery in town as well, our surgery is still in the same place although the house and garden were sold off when the old doc died, he was often seen around the town on his horse and also rode out to the villages, thinking about the speed of his car he was probably as quick on his horse, lol....

2 Dec, 2012

 

I think we would be better off with more horses and less cars....... think of all the manure too:-)

3 Dec, 2012

 

My cousin and I had to run to the co-op at the bottom of the street for milk and bread tokens and woe betide if we forgot the divvi number......its been lodged in my brain for nearly 60 years now so I use it as my pin number.....

Must tell my neighbour Lincs she's a local doc And has two lovely horses.......

3 Dec, 2012

 

Lincs is a local doc and doesn't know?:-)

3 Dec, 2012

 

It took me a while to work out your last comment Ba,lol..

4 Dec, 2012

 

Bet you were pleased about the horses Lincs:-)

4 Dec, 2012

 

How lovely to have all those flowers in December, great to see them all surviving. Nothing much left in my garden apart from the dying debris from last years soggy plants now. Ah well it will soon be spring and the daffodils will soon be out. Thanks for a lovely blog Shirley, have a great Christmas.

23 Dec, 2012

 

Hi Shirley so nice to see you around, your garden still has many lovely shrubs in bloom , unlike mine looking quite dull at the moment, love your your Hebes [perhaphs I could beg a cutting in the New Year, I think I may have some Comos seeds will send you some if they dry out ok! Have a wonderful Christmas love Carole x

23 Dec, 2012

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