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I have been meaning to write a blog for a couple of weeks, really just as a record for myself of what the garden is like this month. Because it’s so wet and really cold it’s been a case of nipping out to take photo’s when I have the time and it’s not been siling down with rain. Some plants are still flowering this week, others have dropped a few petals. It’s raining hard as I type and the north wind is howling. We are lucky in our village that we don’t have a nearby river to overflow and flood us although the roads into and out of the village have kept flooding at times and we haven’t been able to get anywhere for a day or so. The buses stopped running for 2 days which is a very rare occurrence. So, really, we cannot complain at all when many of the villages further north are devastated by homes engulfed by flood water. My daughter had to close her school for 3 days as the teachers were not able to travel in and one of them lived in Fishlake. Thankfully her home was saved from flooding. They are having to travel miles out of the way to bypass the flooded roads and damaged bridges to reach school.
Anyway lets get back to the garden..
These are the last of the roses, I think, for this year. I decided to pick them before the cold and wet ruin them. Not much scent to them now but they look pretty in a small vase.

The autumn colours of the acers, smoke bush, sedum and skimmia are lovely to see.


Although they have been battered and soaked through, the dahlias have stood up to the weather exceptionally well and continue to flower..

I was surprised to find the passion flower and clematis giving a few new flowers despite being in the windiest part of the garden..

..and the hebe, white chrysanths and the Rudbeckia look good too.

Can you believe the border carnations are still flowering…


I am so glad I bought this penstemon last month, it’s standing up well to the awful weather.


Looking a bit moth eaten, the cyclamen flowers…
..but their lovely leaves are carpeting the rockery.


It’s good to see some life left in the garden and I hope it lasts a bit longer.
Well the rain hasn’t stopped at all so far today and the wind continues to howl but we are safe and warm indoors which is a blessing. I am hoping you are all safe and warm too.
Sheila x

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I love the colorful foliage, but the blooms are holding on. The cyclamen is very eye catching. We'll have to face winter sooner or later. It's coming! but Spring will follow shortly. :)

14 Nov, 2019

 

Still some nice colours to brighten the dull days Hb ..

I feel so sorry for all those poor people living in the areas involved in the floods ,I can't think of anything worse than losing your possessions to dirty water in your house and at the coldest most miserable time of the year ,I don't know how they cope its heartbreaking ...

14 Nov, 2019

 

Like Bathgate says,the cyclamen stands out so well against the slate.

14 Nov, 2019

 

Thanks Bg, Amy and Meadowland. It was a trial to see if the cyclamen would find their way up through the slate and I was relieved to find that they did. :o)
Yes it must be horrendous trying to clean your home up after it's been flooded. So many more people affected this time.

14 Nov, 2019

 

Hi Sheila, nice to see you still have some colour in your garden, there aren't many advantages to living on a hill, but the main 1 is there's no chance of flooding, I can't understand why they continue to build houses on flood plains, they're given that name for a reason, Derek.

14 Nov, 2019

 

These late flowers are so precious aren't they?

14 Nov, 2019

 

well aren't they lovely, late flowers are always welcome especially when they are usually earlier blooms.

14 Nov, 2019

 

Some jolly coloured foliage there, and flowers. Like the silver leaved Cyclamen with the Ophiophogon planiscarpus, nice contrast.

14 Nov, 2019

 

You have plenty of gorgeous autumn colour there Sheila, it’s lovely to see 🙂.

14 Nov, 2019

 

You're doing very well. Heavy rain and strong north winds have finished off most things here these past few days.
Your Sedum is amazing - mind finished weeks ago.

14 Nov, 2019

 

Hi Sheila, I just love the Skimmias at this time of year. Yours has lovely flower buds and one of mine has lovely red berries. They always look neat and lush in the winter. :) Glad you aren't flooded.

14 Nov, 2019

 

All those brave plants still flowering for you after all that rain! They are giving lots of late colour. The carnations are so pretty and the Autumn leaves look lovely.
Long may they last.

15 Nov, 2019

 

It's hard to believe it is November in your garden,a wonderful show....(ʘᴗʘ✿). luckily we have no problems with flooding here,it must be absolutely heartbreaking to have your home underwater, I don't know if I could cope with the worry, every year......( ・ั﹏・ั)

15 Nov, 2019

 

Lovely autumn blog Sheila and it's nice to see your garden is still colourful in spite of the heavy rain :)

16 Nov, 2019

 

Thankyou everyone. It's stopped raining yesterday afternoon and T did some cutting down of plants for me whilst I visited my Mother in the nursing home. It's fine today so I got some more plants cut down this morning. The garden is looking much tidier than it did. :o)
Siris, you sent the Ophiopogonin planiscarpus to me...I love it. Thankyou again.

16 Nov, 2019

 

Did I send the Ophiopogon! Has it flowered for you in Spring?

16 Nov, 2019

 

I enjoyed looking at all your garden plants. Aren't they doing well. Its amazing what plants will stand up to! I really ought to take photos of mine. Unfortunately the strong winds and rain have taken off a lot of the leaves now.
I feel so sorry for all those people whose houses have flooded and can't imagine how they cope.
I have a clematis in a pot which has been flowering since the spring and is still flowering, and still more new buds are coming !

17 Nov, 2019

 

You've so much colour still Sheila, I've really enjoyed having a look round your November garden. What a beautiful penstemon that is, lively vivid colour for now.
The Acer and smoke bush are really going out in a blaze of glory!

21 Nov, 2019

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