Some of the days in November carry the whole memory of summer as a fire opal carries the color of moon rise.” – Gladys Taber
October shot past in a haze of yellow light, steel grey rain and activity in the back garden. For half that month I was engaged in more hard manual labour with some further landscaping tasks, including completing the glassing of the greenhouse (see ‘Stepping down‘). It means the tender pelargoniums can be kept out of harms way in winter. So too this Oxalis which I saved from near death after forgetting it last winter!
November has seen the hostas fade and die back and of course the Acers, which are some of Autumn’s divas, are going out with a bang. The sei-ryu maple has been autumnal since late summer but only now has Acer Trompenburg caught fire.
I bought some mini chrysanths to flower alongside Gazanias. I’ve never liked these gaudy plants much till now and though they struggle for sun, are still giving pizazz to the front garden dais, along with all the salvias. Also, I’m struck by how all the fuchsias are doing much better this time of year than in the summer. Back in London this was due to capsid bug attacks but this far north it seems these plants prefer it cooler and wetter.
I do have a few evergreens to see me though winter including sarcococcas, osmanthus, and euonymous but am wondering why this Japanese umbrella pine is yellowing – I hope it is not in permanent decline!
Already I am planning how to convert the front dais into a cottage style. The Japanese style plants once moved will leave significant gaps and so I intend to replace them with something similar – a small potted tree, a large decidious shrub and lots of old-fashioned voluptious froth. To that end I am drawing up a wishlist and will be including it in the plant register very soon!
…Until then, see you in the Spring!