End of Month View: a Quick Ramble Round the November Garden

November has come and almost gone without so much as a ‘by your leave’, but generally it has been a month of progress in the garden with a considerable amount of tidying up done and decisions made on all sorts of gardening issues. The main jobs still pending are pruning climbing roses (which could wait), emptying the 2016 compost heap and spreading compost and leaf mould on the borders, and reaching a decision on whether to plant put some of the autumn sown annuals. I suspect it is probably too late for a decision on the latter – what have others done, I wonder?

The view from the kitchen windows certainly looks tidier than it has in a long time, now that the straggly remnants have been emptied from the pots. There are now seed sown violas in the pots in the foreground and tulips in most of the others. A freebie mixed bag of miniature narcissi will probably go in some of these as well.

If you look carefully to the left of this next picture and to the right of the other you might see the stream running, now that it is less overhung with outsize ferns. The yellow splodge of colour on the first picture are Golden Hornet crab apples, and the stems of three cornus are just becoming evident on the left of the second picture. They will look magnificent once the last of their leaves have gone

We don’t remove the leaves from the woodland floor, leaving them to form their own rich leaf litter:

Our neighbour has started clearing some of the growth from his side of the fence and hopefully a new fence will appear before spring. Although it is not our ‘responsibility’ I have been thinking we might offer a contribution towards the cost of the replacement, as it will benefit our garden, particularly if he adds a nice wavy lattice on the top and threads fairy lights through them as he has done on the two end panels. Meanwhile, these borders have received a bit of a trim but are awaiting removal of the stray leaves before they are mulched for the winter.

The clematis colonnade, followed by the woodland edge border, viewed from both ends:

The three bold borders, with Salvias ‘Amistad’ and ‘Neon’ and bidens still flowering:

Those pristine empty cutting beds (and feline footprints):

The blue & white border, and revamped rose garden with the wood and metal framework removed and new roses planted in the two central beds :

Looking back towards the house at the end of the ramble, the wisteria is awaiting its winter prune which, weather permitting, I will give it on Christmas Eve; meanwhile, in the special snowdrop border on the right, around a dozen of these named varieties are pushing through, with four already in flower. What the early appearance of these snowdrops tell us about the weather is anybody’s guess, but the current forecast is for freezing weather for a number of days with snow in the east. Last night and today have been the coldest of the season up to now, with  a degree or two below freezing overnight and daytime temperatures not getting above 2 or 3°C. Putting the kettle on for a cup of tea and piece of cake sounds like a good idea, accompanied by checking out other garden blogger’s end of month reports, kindly hosted by Steve of Glebe House Garden!

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21 Responses to End of Month View: a Quick Ramble Round the November Garden

  1. I didnt realize an autumn garden ready for winter dormancy could look so interesting and beautiful.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you – it’s good to know there is always something to look at and something new to discover in the garden, whatever month it is

  2. tonytomeo says:

    Bad kitty! Leaving footprints like that!
    What are the crabapples for? We have a few old fruiting crabapples at the farm. I just pickle the fruit, or use it for pectin extract. Others use it for compotes. They are quite rare here; but you would think by the popularity of our few ancient trees, that more people would be growing them. I make copies of the old trees, just because I really like them. Yet, I do not know much about them. I get tiny crabapple fruit from some types of flowering crabapples, and they make exquisitely sharply flavored jelly.

    • Cathy says:

      How interesting to hear about your crab apple interest, Tony. Here in the UK they are fairly common ornamental trees in gardens or on the street. As I have mentioned before my two are both fairly young trees and I am reluctant to pick the crab apples, but probably will do next year as I do make my own jams and jellies

      • tonytomeo says:

        Are yours grown for the fruit or the flowers? I would guess that the street trees are the flowering types that happen to make tiny fruit. Our fruiting crabapples bloom like other fruiting apples, so are not quite as colorful as the floweriing types, but make big crabapples that are about as big as golf balls. They are like apple concentrate.

        • Cathy says:

          Mine are cherry sized, Tony, as are many of te street ones although some are smaller; the larger fruited ones are less readily available. chose mine for flowers, autumnal leaf colour and the fruit, unlike the street ones as most of the fruit just drops off in due course

  3. Cathy is true the month of November has passed very fast. A lot of work, cold. But the end of the works has left a view from the window of the beautiful kitchen with the new pergolas and its beautiful color. Greetings from Margarita.

  4. Brian Skeys says:

    It always amazes me when people say they have put their gardens to bed and don’t do any gardening this time of year. Your post Cathy shows how much there is to do to set the garden up right for the spring.

  5. rickii says:

    You have enough hardscaping (bones) to keep things interesting, even as the garden goes to sleep (with a little help). We have yet to experience a freeze, which encourages laziness in this gardener. Must get out there and perform some of the chores you describe before it’s too late. Thanks for setting such a fine example.

    • Cathy says:

      In reality I don’t feel as if I have done very much, rickii, and when the weather is cold like this (only a few degrees above freezing) I don’t do more than an hour or so at a time. Clearing the leaves made a huge difference to the overall appearance, though!

  6. rusty duck says:

    None of the specials are showing here but the wild snowdrops most certainly are. It does seem earlier than in previous years.

    • Cathy says:

      Ooh, I haven’t looked for the natives yet – they are in the woodland edge border under geraniums and rhododendrons – but will have to check now you have said this! The mice aren’t keen on your snowdrops then…? 😉

  7. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks for the tour. It helps to see your garden at this time of the year to get a view from “far away” across the pond.

  8. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I have some crocus greenery up. That is weird. I have only two snowdrops. Both bloom late winter. I would love some that bloom now. I have only a honeysuckle with a bloom or two on it. It is close to the house and patio so it is somewhat protected. Your garden looks like it is ready for winter. It is nice that you have so much green. We can say goodbye to November now.

  9. Anna says:

    It has been a good month for working outdoors Cathy. At this rate the snowdrops will be done and dusted by the end of next month – so much for their name of ‘Fair Maids Of February’. Let’s hope for a few more frosty days and nights 🙂

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