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November in the back garden


The garden is not in any hurry to close down yet. Maybe my plan for flowers in every month of the year is coming to fruition. I hung out the washing and went to pick up the windfalls when I spotted this. Once I had the camera out I could not stop taking photos. This was a gift from Bjs in 2011. I was feeling very guilty because I thought I had not cared for it properly. This is the first flower. It is the Autumn flowering Galanthus reginae olgae. It is named for Prince Phillip’s grandmother who was Queen of Greece when it was discovered.

Next morning I was able to confirm the id. The petals opened enough to show the distinctive inverted v shape on the inner petals.

I had cut the lupin back but left a stem so i could collect the seeds. It has started to throw upmore flowering stems.

I think I did mention I am a recovering heucheraholic. It is hard to resist these plants. Even without flowers the huge diversity of colourful leaves is so very appealing over many months.

Can you beat that. I think it is Strawberry Candy. it is neat and it flowers for months.

Sedum, one among many

Kaffir lilies

Seed pods of Crocosmia, a gift from goy member Steragram

Plenty of colour and texture in the shrubbery

I decided to plant Begonia pendula as a change from my usual Begonia semperflorens. The were nothing like as efficient so I planted some seeds of Allysum as well as some violas and they brightened up the pots and are still putting on a good show.

I had to include the Calendula. This has to be worth a medal because it self sows all over the garden and it is in flower every month of the year.

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It's all looking lovely still Scotsgran..we are all so lucky this year,aren't we? I like your yellow Calendula more than the Orange ones..a bit more subtle..and the Pink Candy Heuchera is so pretty the Kaffir Lily..I think you will suss I like your garden :o).

18 Nov, 2013


Still so much going on Scotsgran - you've lots of colour in the way of flowers still. Your shrubery is looking very seasonal! The Kaffir lily is beautiful. Your Heuchera collection is bigger that I remember. All lovely :)

18 Nov, 2013


It was nice looking through the photos in your blog. You've got several nice Heucheras. I agree they are very desirable plants to have.

18 Nov, 2013


all looking very lovely :-)

18 Nov, 2013


Love your garden and your blog.

18 Nov, 2013


Do people recover from being heucheraholic? It will be difficult with that collection - especially that super little Strawberry Candy. Its good to see the crocosmia doing well - its spread hasn't it? Amazing to see a snowdrop and a lupin at the same time!

18 Nov, 2013


Stera I am delighted that at last I have found somewhere that will nurture the Crocosmia. I have tried several times to get it to grow without success. I have them scattered around the garden now so am hoping they will quickly form little colonies. They are quite different to the smaller ones I have. I have not bought a new heuchera for at least 12 months so I am doing well. The garden has enough I think with about 33 different ones. They all spread and because of the PBR I am reluctant to hand on babies to others. I got the Strawberry Candy from Vicki (Plantaholic) well Richard, her OH, she was off doing some paperwork when I got to their display at Gardening Scotland in 2012. Thank you everybody. Bloomer the calendula is a self sown one from a packet of summer flowering annuals I sowed away back. It is odd to see snowdrops and lupins together. The lupin should be over by now. Scottish the Kaffir lily is a really good flower because it is so late. Hywel the heuchera are often grown for the foliage rather than the flowers because it is so diverse. Many are evergreen.

19 Nov, 2013


Oops, Scotsgran, have just found this blog ! My garden in places still looks like this ! Its amazing , isn't it !
Doesn't your Calendula get mildew ? Mine always do !

14 Dec, 2013


It truly is amazing Rose. No I have never known a calendula get mildew. I wonder if mine are too exposed to catch much. I believe mildew can happen in a very dry summer. I once had mildew on a honeysuckle and that is what the Beechgrove gardeners decided was the problem.

14 Dec, 2013


Maybe I should have had them here this year, as it has been a lovely warm and dry summer. I stopped growing them at the other place as they only looked good at the beginning of the summer and then got the dreaded mildew!

15 Dec, 2013

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