Monday, 1 December 2014

End of Month View November 2014

End of October 2014
Keeping his beady eye on me, Mr Blackbird, watches with interest as I interrupt his lunch break.  Without fail, at around 2 o'clock every afternoon he appears for his fill of Pyracantha berries.  Mrs Blackbird however, is quite elusive at the moment.  I've seen her no more than 4 or 5 times since they returned to the garden a couple of weeks ago.  Whether or not they are the same pair that visited last year is anyone's guess really - I like to think that they are and feel privileged that they have.  

End of November 2014
Bobby Blackbird

I donned the wellies and mowed the lawn last week.  It really did need it.   I could not bear to look at it anymore.  It was in parts very long and as I would expect at this time of the year, damp.  Thankfully the spot that gets shown for the End of Month's View is presentable - the shadier side, is having a bit of a bad hair week!  It will pick itself up, eventually!




I has surprised me at just how much green is left up here.  Both the Philadelphus and Cotinus have yet to drop their leaves.  Of the herbaceous perennials lingering, the Cardoon is by far looking rather confussed this November/December time.  Minus the autumn colours of Cotinus Golden Spirit to the rear, you could be forgiven for thinking it was a different time of the year. 


Caroon foliage end of November 2014
  
As per last month's post, plants still hanging onto some blooms are: Verbena bonariensis, Geum Bell Bank, Persicaria JS Caliente, Lupins and Rosa Warm Welcome.

Up on the top tier, I've put in a bit of a temporary path.   I had some redundant stone edgers lying around, which had been bought a few years ago for a long gone project, I've used these to create a narrow path up on which I can walk without getting too muddy.   Just how practical they will turn out to be is anyone's guess but for now, they are doing a job and make it far easier to navigate around up there.  The little dog leg of edgers off to the right provides something solid under foot for when I refill the log feeder. 


  

Both the Cotonoeasters that were planted to provide fence coverage are doing well and have put on a fair bit of growth in their first year.  The autumn colour on one is far more prominent that the other.  I will take a few years before they soften the fence but I'm pleased thus far.

Cotoneaster horizontalis

Persicaria, Chionochloa and Cotoneaster
I pointed out above that the Cotinus is holding on to it's leaves this winter.  Those gold/burnished gold tones really do stand out where ever you are in the garden.  Another that will only get better in time, me thinks!

Cotinus coggygria Golden Spirit
Under the Pyracantha on the back fence, Crocus are well above the surface.  I'm sure we'll get a cold snap to stop them dead in their tracks before too long.  I had completely forgot that I had purchased a few pots of bulbs in bloom last spring - I checked back on one of my earlier posts and as well Crocus, there are some Iris here too, no signs of those yet though.

Crocus chrysanthus Romance

Before I pop over to The Patient Gardener's Weblog, too see what's going on in your garden, I thought you might like to see what I came across yesterday elsewhere in the garden.

Galanthus elwesii Mrs MacNamara
I had been told that Mrs MacNamara was one that would flower early but I hadn't quite expected it this early.  Do you grow Galanthus elwesii Mrs MacNamara?  If so, is she early in your garden too?

40 comments:

  1. A snowdrop flowering Wow, The blackbirds wait each morning for the buggy nibbles to be put out in the bird table. They wait as near as they dare and swoop in as soon as our back is turned.

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    1. It is rather exciting to have a Snowdrop flowering this early Sue. I don't often see the garden in the mornings (night shift worker) but do recognise that the birds know when we are about to put out food. I've often a queue of sparrows waiting in the wings, no pun intended :)

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  2. Winter keeps marching forward but seems to be leaving you largely untouched. My cardoon is behaving similarly...too bad it is in entirely the wrong spot.

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    1. Will you move your Cardoon Rickii? They do need plenty of room, a job for spring perhaps.

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  3. Dear Angie, I do think that your garden looks stunning at this time of the year. I really admire the different foliage colors that you have going on right now and also the different shapes and textures of foliage. It keeps your garden so interesting, even though there are not so many flowers anymore. I always have loved the cardoon in your backyard, but the cotinus coggygria 'Golden Spirit' is the real star right now in my eyes. The color of its foliage is just plain gorgeous. I so envy you that you can grow snowdrops! I just love them, but Southern California is way too warm for snowdrops to feel at home here, so I hope you post many more photos of them in future posts. So nice that the bird find some natural food sources in your garden. I am sure they are as grateful to you for having planted plants that carry fruits from them to eat as you are to have them over this autumn, again :-). Warm regards,
    Christina

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    1. Thanks Christina - The Cotinus is certainly earning it's keep at this time of the year. I do like to provide for the birds, either with plants or to supplement them with food. I find watching them quite fascinating. Except of course when the sparrow hawk comes calling - as it did this afternoon.
      I'll make sure I post plenty of picks of my snowdrops when they eventually bloom.

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  4. Your garden STILL looks great, Angie! I love the Cotinus 'Golden Spirit' and your specimen has luscious fall color but those I've seen here just seem to look sad in fall - perhaps we don't get cold enough to get a proper color change. Neither crocus nor snowdrops do well here, unfortunately, but I've noted that the freesia and sparaxis bulbs are already producing foliage, getting ready for an early spring.

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    1. I do think the cold helps with autumn colour Kris. The spring bulbs we are more familiar with definitely need cold. I've never tried Freesias but I am sure they are considered annuals here, which would mean that they would do well for you over there.

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  5. You have some lovely colour there, with the Cotinus, Cotoneaster and Pyracantha. And how well it all looks in November. You should be proud on how well you have developed this area over the year, it's really looking fab.

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    1. Thanks for the compliments Julieanne -they are much appreciated. I am only now, in my gardening journey, realising the importance of autumn colour.

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  6. Wow, Angie, you have spring flowers! This Mrs MacNamara is so tiny now, when did you plant it?

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    1. It is nice to have spring flowers this early but there are lots that are doing exactly as they should. Odd!
      I planted Mrs. MacNamara last spring, in the green. She was a gift from a gardening friend. I always get nervous when I get gifted such special things, it's always a relief to see them come back.

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  7. That cotoneaster has a stunning autumn colour and will hopefully put every garden snob to shame. They're such fine plants and have such a bad reputation. My Cotinus has lost its leaves now but I was very pleased with its autumn colours too. I've mixed emotions about blackbirds as they make such a mess out of my freshly mulched borders...but I guess once they start singing again, it'll be all forgiven! ;)

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    1. Annette, I had no idea that the Cotinus had such a bad reputation. I need to read up more on this.
      Those blackbirds can be a bit of a pain - they have done some damage to my troughs of sempervivums before. They do have a beautiful voice don't they? I love hearing them and the robins.

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  8. Oh, your garden is still beautiful! Stunning colours! Oh yes, Mr. and Mrs blackbird can be realy insulted :)!
    Have a happy time
    Elisabeth

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    1. Elisabeth, thanks for visiting and I do agree about Mr and Mrs Blackbird.

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  9. Amei conhecer o seu blog, já fiquei por aqui!!!Achei maravilhoso!!!
    Visite-me:http://algodaotaodoce.blogspot.com.br/
    Siga-me e pegue o meu selinho!!!

    Obrigada.

    Beijos Marie.

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  10. Marie, thank you for visiting. I'm off now to pop over to your blog :)

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  11. it is all looking very nice Angie, your cotinus is beautiful, like sunshine in the garden, the cotonoeaster is lovely and not just bulbs but with flower too, Frances

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    1. I've been very pleased with how the garden looks this november/december Frances. I will be great to look back and compare differences as the years go on.

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  12. Your garden still looks so full, Angie! Colorful leaves really do lift the spirit at this time of year. And I had no seen that C. Golden Spirit yet - lovely!!

    Galanthus elwesii Mrs MacNamara will be going on my list... I am starting with a few hundred G. elwesii this year and hope to work up a collection in the future, though it is very difficult to find name snowdrops in the US! Nice to can enjoy yours :)

    Have a wonderful Christmas season!
    ~Julie

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    1. It must be very frustrating no being able to source named snowdrops Julie. On the other hand - some of them can be rather expensive, so there is an up side I suppose.
      Will be looking forward to seeing your G. elwesii in bloom.

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  13. Your garden still looks lovely.. and I love Mr Blackbird. :o)

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    1. I love him too Julie. He has over the last couple of days been venturing nearer the house, which is nice as we can watch him close up.

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  14. Angie, I agree with everyone above, your garden is really taking shape – you must be very pleased with it! From previous EOMV & GBBD I’m amazed at how many different species of plants you have in your garden. As for that snowdrop… is this a sign of a harsh winter ahead… time will tell :-0

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    1. Although I do love the snow, a harsh winter is one I just don't want. I don't mind it being cold and dark - it's when it all gets a bit too wet that it becomes too much.
      If the forecast snow appears tomorrow, it will make a nice photo opportunity to have the snowdrop and the snow!

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  15. Nice to see your garden so green still Angie, I guess the autumn has been kind this year too, let’s hope the winter is following suit! I have several types of snowdrops but none of the early ones - Mrs. McNamara is a new one to me, but a quick search online revealed it cost £10 per plant. If I wanted a carpet of these, even just a very small carpet, it could be rather costly. You must be very grateful for your friend’s gift :-)

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    1. Yes, it was a nice gift Helene and there was another included, just popping it's head above soil level now. I spent a small fortune of 4 special snowdrops myself last spring and you are right, it would be rather costly to have a small carpet. I just have to wait until mine increase in bulk.

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  16. No Snowdrops here until March, I'm sure. I can't believe you have so many spring blooming plants emerging! I have noticed some evergreen ephemerals in the woods still looking full and lush, but they won't bloom until March, either. Your Cotoneaster looks great! Mine looks like that some years, but this year it just kind of faded and then the cold and snow made it go dormant. Great plant, though! Your garden looks great!

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    1. Snowdrops don't usually appear here until nearer March too Beth - this is a nice surprise.
      It must be a heck of a long winter for you over there.

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  17. Hi it's me once again in this wonderful late autumn garden. Thank you so much for your lovely visit. Wonderful to have you around!
    All my best
    Elisabeth

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    1. Nice to see you again Elisabeth. Glad you enjoyed.

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  18. What a topsy-turvy year Angie, I just hope the confused plants aren't made to suffer as we have just had some proper frosts over the last few days which has brought us back to something like normal for the time of year. Having said that, your garden is still looking good so far.

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    1. We had been due to a record year temperature wise this year Rick - or so I read in the newspaper yesterday but if we get the predicted cold snap, it will have a negative effect on those records and it will turn out not to be the case.
      I'm pleased with how it's looking this late Rick.

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  19. I wonder about the blackbirds that visit our garden too Angie and wish that there was a way of establishing if they are regular visitors :) I think that as you have named yours he must be. That persicaria is really hanging on isn't it?
    I have galanthus 'Mrs Macnamara' growing in a pot. I took all my pots of snowdrops into the shelter of the greenhouse a couple of weeks ago but my 'Mrs M' is not as far on as yours. Yours must be tucked in a warm part of your garden given the fact that you are further north and east of me :) Funnily enough mine was more advanced at this point of the year in 2011, although I can't remember it being a particularly warm autumn that year.

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  20. I am amazed how your Continus is hanging on to its leaves. How lovely it looks. Your Mrs. Macnamara is early. I have G. 'Three Ships' out but the slugs have been chewing the flowers.

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  21. Witaj! Uwielbiam spędzać czas w ogrodzie!!! Pozdrawiam i miłego tygodnia życzę:)))

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  22. How strange to have snowdrops and crocuses before Christmas! Is that unusual? Beautiful foliage on the Cotinus and Cotoneaster.

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  23. Olá querida, passei por aqui para agradecer sua doce presença
    no meu cantinho.Obrigada !!!
    Abraços, Marie.

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  24. Angie what a delightful sight...your garden is looking gorgeous and so green and lush still. And bulbs oh wow!

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