November and December
In a good year, and this has definitely been one where autumn leaf colour is concerned, November comes in with a blaze of glory that makes walking in parks and gardens an absolute joy. The colour can be just as vibrant as the brightest summer blooms, if not more so, especially on a sunny day. It’s fleeting of course, as the best things often are, but with trees, shrubs and even perennials playing their part it lifts the spirits and as the days shorten and the temperature dips gives you an incentive to get out early to make the most of it while it lasts.
Not that flowers desert us completely at this time of year. Some late perennials such as persicaria will flower on through early frosts and autumn and winter flowering camellias are only just getting underway, as lovely as their spring flowering relatives and scented. Berries add colour too, occasionally of an unexpected kind such as the unreal-looking pinky purple berries of Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii ‘Profusion’.
In my own garden the changes are of a slightly different kind. I emptied out the greenhouse, cleaned it and lined it with bubble wrap for insulation, then moved most of my succulents, tender salvias and pelargoniums in there. It isn’t heated, but the insulation plus some fleece when very cold nights are forecast normally sees most plants through the winter. The biggest bowl of succulents has been left out at the moment and fleeced. It weighs a ton and I’m not sure it will fit in the greenhouse so for now I’m leaving it on the table and might cover it with a cloche as the nights get colder still.
Growing plants, comparing plants, writing about plants.
The world of plants is vast and can be daunting, but the pleasure of gardening is in learning what works; for you, for your garden and for the natural world around you. There’s no right or wrong, no better or worse, no-one else can tell you what to grow.
Join me in an exploration of plants. I’ll be updating this website regularly with some of the many new introductions that come onto the market. I’ll also be making visits to different gardens, nurseries, trade and public plant shows throughout the year, where I’ll be looking at the plants being grown and sold and sharing ideas that you might want to try in your own garden
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