End of Month View: Unlike Most Novembers

It doesn’t seem very long since I looked back on October, and here we are into December, November seemingly having passed by in a flash. It has been a relatively mild month with only two or three very light frosts, and although generally grey and often feeling damp there hasn’t been much in the way of rain. This has meant general maintenance has continued throughout, giving the impression that the garden is neat and tidy and ready for winter, although in practice there will always be something that needs doing – but it’s good to know that major tasks like hedgetrimming and leaf clearance are complete and that a start has been made on emptying the 2019 compost heap, the latter a task often put off until the new year.

It also means that winter and early spring flowering plants are already putting in an appearance and gearing up for early blooms. Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ is in full flower, there are blooms on winter-flowering honeysuckles, buds are appearing on hellebores and Prunus mume ‘Beni Chidori’ and several witch hazels are showing a hint of colour. More than half of my special snowdrops are already emerging, compared to the more ‘normal’ one or two in November, and even the common snowdrops are pushing their way through in the woodland edge border, more than a month earlier than usual. However, Nature works to her own timetable and we will just have to enjoy the products of her work as they come, so come on a visual ramble round the garden with me now, and look out for close-ups of these early bloomers in due course.

Let’s start with the usual view from the back of the house (above), looking out across the paved area towards the sitooterie, and then the adjacent streamside and shrub border, the latter from both directions:

I raked the leaves off the bark paths through the woodland just a few days ago, but it needs doing again:

From the bothy, looking out over the main borders, and the same area from ground level with the adjacent clematis colonnade and bronze heuchera bed:

The woodland edge border, from both ends:

The bold borders:

The beds where the dahlias and sweet peas were, which will be used as nursery beds over winter:

Inside the working greenhouse and  some of the empty cutting beds, full of potential for next year:

The blue & white borders, the rose garden and the main borders from a different angle:The snowdrop border and, looking back at the house, the wisteria now all but leafless:Inside the Coop, the Coop Corner and the shady courtyard beyond:

After a cold but not frosty night the sky today is a cloudless blue, so the monthly video, retaken this morning after forgetfully recording it in portrait mode on a grey and damp afternoon yesterday, should appear a little brighter than it might otherwise have done. Viewing it will give you a more rounded idea of what the garden is like, and don’t forget there is also a map under The Garden tab above to assist your orientation.

You can see the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTxO6F9HA3E

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14 Responses to End of Month View: Unlike Most Novembers

  1. This is lovely! So many different plants and shrubs … a truly interesting garden!

  2. sweetbay103 says:

    What is the plant with the pink-red-orange fruits, and the plants in the greenhouse with flowers that look like fireworks? Dahlias?

  3. Honeysuckle flowers are wonderful, I love them. The Prunus mume “Beni Chidori” is magnificent, precious, I love it. The special and common Snowdrops coming out so early is a miracle of Nature. I love witch hazel in bloom. The photos of the garden are magnificent and charming. Cathy thank you very much for the video it is incredible, very special, I love it. You feel that you are in your garden strolling, in your divine, lush and charming garden: I love it. Take good care of yourself and the golfer and keep yourself safe. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

  4. Anna says:

    The snowdrops are definitely on the early side but as you say nature has her own timetable Cathy. Sadly mankind is guilty of interfering with it too much. Leaf sweeping is a chore but a most rewarding task further down the line. Hope to watch your video before long 😄

  5. Cathy says:

    Enjoyed the tour Cathy. That Chrysanthemum in the Coop is enormous!

  6. tonytomeo says:

    The garden seems to be so narrow and compact, and then just keeps going and going . . . and going. It is still amusing that way, even though I saw it before.

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