End of Month View: November Leaves

It’s hard to believe that November is just about to leave us, and looking back  at the end of this month last year the main difference is definitely one of LEAVES! Every day brings more down from the trees, whereas last year the trees were practically bare by now. Another round of sweeping is clearly called for as the following photos will show but is low on the priority list. Commentary on the EOMV will also be minimal this month, but do look at the map of the garden to orientate yourself if need be.

The paved area, directly behind the house, and the main view seen from the kitchen:

IMG_0664The streamside area, awaiting the end of leaf-fall and some mild dry days like those we have enjoyed this week so that the stream can be overhauled and put back in action:

IMG_0665The woodland:

IMG_0666The main herbaceous borders with pots of resting hostas in the foreground (and note the two pots of Stipa tenuissima ‘Pony Tails’ in front of the far bed – don’t they look lovely?):

IMG_0667The clematis colonnade and ‘Spirit of the Garden’:

IMG_0668The woodland edge border, still full of interest and with all the anticipation of hellebores and snowdrops to come :

IMG_0669From the other direction, but with more decay evident:

IMG_0670The right hand hot border, its contents mostly cut back:

IMG_0671The left hand hot border, with  more foliage still hanging on:

IMG_0672The blue and white border – note the addition in the blue bowl and that healthy bacopa in the pot in the foreground:IMG_0673From the other direction:

IMG_0674The rose garden, underplanted with lavender; still the odd flower to come on the roses:

IMG_0675Back towards the house is the species snowdrop border with various new acquisitions during the year to add interest outside the snowdrop season. After a certain degree of disturbance I am hoping for a better show of my specials early next year:

IMG_0676The leaves in the above picture are largely magnolia – not a huge tree but after a delayed start they are falling thick and fast, just in time to be replaced with a string of red cherry style Christmas lights. December? Christmas? No, surely not yet!

Thanks to Helen at Patient Gardener for hosting this End of Month View – do visit her blog for links to other gardens at the end of November. As well as encouraging us to monitor our own gardens throughout the year it is always interesting to see what is happening in other people’s gardens in different parts of the UK and elsewhere.

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15 Responses to End of Month View: November Leaves

  1. Cathy I love visiting all your little garden corners….everything going to sleep and still looking wonderful.

  2. rusty duck says:

    You certainly have a lot of leaves to contend with! But it’s good to see, in the midst of all this, the lovely things that are yet to come. Like the snowdrops and hellebores. Happy leaf sweeping!

  3. Pauline says:

    Yes, leaves everywhere and falling later this year, even so, I love my huge trees. I think we will still be sweeping up into the New Year, the oaks haven’t lost many so far. I will look forward to your special snowdrop border, not long now, I must try to weed and tidy the woodland and shady beds before it all starts once more. Thanks for the tour round your garden as it winds down to go to sleep!

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, the joy of having trees more than compensates for the leaf sweeping, doesn’t it? And you are right, it as if the garden is just letting go and having a rest, well deserved I would say 😉

  4. Annette says:

    As always your fab sitootherie catches my eye and your woodland really looks great all year round. You’ve certainly succeeded in creating lots of mystery and interest in your garden. So much to discover around every corner! I look forward to the snowdrop pics 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Annette. I hope this last year has given the species snowdrops the chance to rebuild their strength as they performed poorly. And I need to contact Dulux about the paint on the sitooterie, as the pigment seems to be being washed out, leaving white streaks 😦

  5. Anna says:

    I’ve been making the most of the mild weather today doing yet more leaf sweeping. It’s quite a therapeutic activity though and the thought of that lovely leaf mould seems to make it all well worthwhile. Still I will be glad once those last leaves have stopped falling. Now when did that swan land in that bowl Cathy? 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Tee hee! I was thinking what to add to the bowl for height and interest and came across this lifelike (apart from size) swan on eBay – something a little different… I am bagging up more leaves this year than I have done for a long time – as you say the leaf mould makes it worth the effort, although I too find sweeping leaves therapeutic

  6. Helen Johnstone says:

    The leaves seem to have taken ages to fall this year. I’m sure I wasn’t raking up leaves for so long last year. Your ferns and hellebores look good, I realised today that I have rather a lot of ferns but they are so good this time of the year.
    Thanks for joining in again this month

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I too think the leaves come down more quickly last year – I am going to leave the rest of mine for a bit longer before I sweep again to allow for extra leaf fall. I had a blitz on ferns probably about 10 years ago when Morrisons used to have lots of different named varieties (3″ pots, I think) and used to buy 3 or 4 every week. They really make an impact now

  7. Christina says:

    I do enjoy my rambles around your garden. Yes, it does look as if it is ready for winter, glad your weather has been good this autumn.

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