November is becoming decidedly cooler, with some daytime sunshine and blue skies meaning temperatures dip overnight to freezing or just below and the start of scraping car windows in the mornings. There are, however, still odd spicks and specks of colour in the garden to highlight on this month’s Garden Bloggers Blooms Day, kindly hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Pop over to her blog to find links to other gardening blogs which are featuring their November blooms today.
The above picture shows four long-flowering stalwarts, some of which will have featured many times over the last few months. Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ (bottom right) has been admired by many people and quite rightly so as its foliage is superb and sets the almost insignificant little white flowers off to an advantage – its rampant behaviour this year can be overlooked because it has been such a stunning feature. Next to it is continuous flowering rambler ‘Rural England’, still flowering and rambling, and with flowers that seem to be unaffected by the weather unlike ‘Blush Noisette’ which is still flowering but readily bedraggled. Campanula poscharskyana ‘Lisduggan’ (top left) is also still going strong in the rockery, but I don’t think I have shown the large flowered bacopa (top right) in any previous post. This is in a pot by the blue & white border and just got bigger and better as the season progressed, showing no sign of wanting to give up. I think these large flowered bacopas were newly available this year and are certainly to be recommended if this example is anything to go by – I assume it is still a half hardy annual, but I will check that out as at the moment it looks as if it would survive a winter, although presumably under cover.
Geraniums tend to throw up odd flowers off and on throughout the season, and I was pleased to see a solitary bloom on G sanguineum striatum today, as well as blooms on G thurstonianum and G phaeum ‘Samobar’:
Some of the astrantias have been equally been dependable, with lots of blooms still on A ‘Buckland’ and the belated first bloom on a new A ‘Shaggy’ plant. Having lost labels from various astrantia over the years I want to build up some more named varieties again next year.
Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ has repaid its move to the hedge border by producing a number of its sometimes almost luminous green mop heads that seem to change to white and then back again, making a statement at every stage. When photographing an example today I was pleased to see that behind it there were buds on …… I was just going to say Viburnum tinus but have suddenly realised that they are actually on the white camellia which was another of the new additions to that border when the D****’s P**** was removed. That’s even more exciting – but it is too dark now to check the label and remind myself what variety it is!
Clematis ‘John Howell’ is another ‘good do-er’, still sporting several flowers, and the late bargains in baskets on the hot border walls are repaying the few pennies spent, with salvia, thunbergia and bidens (the latter from RHS seeds) still making an effort, with a bit of help from Crocosmia ‘Constance’ and Rudbeckia fulgida in the bed below. There’s always something to enjoy on my rambles and I trust there is in your gardens too.