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November in my garden


On 8 November, I took a wander round the garden, starting in the front beside our 6 year old beech hedge which is now quite thick, if slightly different shades at the moment.

This is my front garden – small and low maintenance. There are two eucalyptus treees. Shrubs include cotinus, citisus battendieri (pineapple broom) lavender and hebes, which seem to like our soil..There is a skimmia lurking at the back and a photinia on the left.

I am fond of this phormium!

I planted up these two troughs this year. I’ve always loved alpine troughs however small. I had my first one when I was four – my father was a great influence on my gardening, but thats another blog..

This is a new hebe in one of my shrubberies with euonymus fortunei beside it.

and this is another hebe

I moved this azalea this summer and am so pleased it has taken.

A view of the south facing wall with sedum, climbing fuchsia (Lady Boothby)

This is what I call my “Italian Corner” and the passion flower is rather rampant at the moment until the frosts arrive.

The rockery is looking a bit quiet now apart from the grasses

My foxgloves are looking good this year

Here is a choisya Ternata “sundance”. Looks good in the winter.

and finally, a little bit of colour from the fucshias and a patio rose.!

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Love your garden R'sM your troughs look very good did you cover them your self before you planted them? Beech hedges come into their own in the winter yours looks very good.

10 Nov, 2009


what a lot of lovely planting combinations rachelsmum. i love the troughs. are they real old stone ones? they certainly look it.

10 Nov, 2009


You've a lovely garden Rm :-)

11 Nov, 2009


Lovely garden RM 0))

11 Nov, 2009


I like your beech hedge :o) and your stone troughs look interesting.

11 Nov, 2009


Very nice garden like the succulent collection

11 Nov, 2009


Thanks for the tour! It just goes to show that gardens aren't asleep - there's always something to admire, and plenty in yours, Rm. :-))))

11 Nov, 2009


You've got a lovely garden.

11 Nov, 2009


I really love your garden, you`ve obviously put a lot of thought into it. I particularly like the eucalyptus tree with the shrubs growing beneath it, it really catches the eye. I like alpines too and my favourites are different varieties of sempervivums, mine are doing really well at the moment. You`ve given me an idea of planting them all in a pot. Now I must look out for some more plants. :o)

Sandra x

11 Nov, 2009


Troughs are looking good Rsm...might try that with mine. There's some wonderful greens in your garden so always some colour.

11 Nov, 2009


Lovely gardenRachelsmum.I love the 'hairy' grasses and I think Beech hedges are superb during the winter when they hold onto their brown leaves. Nice photos!

11 Nov, 2009


Thanks for the comments re the troughs, folks!

They are a pair of cotswold stone troughs about 15 years old. Not treated with anything special!

I think a trough would be a lovely gift for a grandchild - it doesnt have to be anything large or special, just a little place for them to look after.

11 Nov, 2009


I do like your troughs. I was searching for planting ideas and inspiration. I love the idea of the continuity from your dad giving you a miniature garden. I have 4 troughs/sinks. They are past their best. One of them is my grans old slopstone/sink/trough from her kitchen, after she moved across the street to my mum, and the house sold. The buyer lady offered it to my mum. My brother has another one that was in her yard.

25 Apr, 2010


yes I can see you also like troughs! I am planning a trip soon to a second hand place which has a reputation for sinks and troughs. I thought I would put one outside the back door for soft herbs in the summer.

But alpines are my favourites!

25 Apr, 2010

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