Wednesday, 2 December 2015

End of month view November 2015

A calm descended over us on Monday when I took these pictures.  We've had a deluge of wintery storms over the weekend.  What a real mixed bag it has been.
End of October 2015

This post is the penultimate End of Month view for the year.  And I must say that this meme hosted by Helen - The Patient Gardener is an extremely useful tool.  It encourages me/us to concentrate on our vision,  To focus on a particular area throughout the year and because this particular spot is highlighted each month, I am motivated to keep on top of things.  As gardeners it's almost impossible to get it 100% correct first time. Having a year worth of posts to refer to over winter, to ponder over what worked, what didn't and what may or may not in future is I think an invaluable reference to have.

The jobs I set out to do since last month are I am pleased to say all completed.  The front garden is a far emptier looking than it has been for months.  I edged the lawn in anticipation of perhaps getting a couple of clear dry days and giving it a final cut.  That was not to be however.  Looking at the latest pictures the grass doesn't look too bad but it is longer than I would prefer.


Looking west End of November 2015
  
As well as weeding and a good tidy up of some of the perennials, the whole are has received a mulch.  I don't like leaving too much winter debris lying around.  To me it harbours more garden nasties than I can bear.  The last of the taller roses have also received a prune back by half to prevent possible wind rock.  The others that remain untouched don't need it, I think.  They will all be pruned accordingly in springtime. The winter flowering Jasmine is blooming against the fence and has now reached to bottom rung of the trellis.  I will be able to remove the canes that support it now and begin tying it so it spreads out.  It is not my favourite plant, I've said this many times but am willing to give it time to grow on me.  I suspect that as soon as I come across an alternative I won't hesitate to replace it.
  
Towards the house

Mulching the entire garden at this time of the year is not something I've done before so this is a bit experimental really.  Whether or not all the plants will appreciate this treatment might well be another matter that I will have to address come spring but the roses, I am assured by my friend (a keen rose grower) will benefit.   I keep in mind that this garden was primarily all lawn a little more than a year ago and has in all honesty had little improvement done since planting out other than some compost added in planting holes and the privet hedge mulched with manure last spring.  So I think any improvement to the soil I can provide must be a benefit.
   
Towards the street

The Liriope muscari Royal Purple had some good intentions, but sadly the cold has stopped it dead in it's tracks.  There are masses of unopened buds under all that foliage.  

Liriope muscari Royal Purple
  
I can't sing the praises of Salvia Amistad enough, it has bloomed since around the end of July and is presently continuing to do so.  The downside to this wonderful plant is the fact that it is not hardy here.  We can't have it all can we?

Salvia Amistad
    
Rosa Teasing Georgia is a plant that I have been guilty of a slating in the past but she seems to be coming good now.  The stems are still a bit weak in my opinion.  Many of you expressed that often DA Roses can be a bit weak in their first years.  Of course, I bow to your superior knowledge and give it at least half a chance.     
   
Rosa Teasing Georgie

Lastly, a battered and bruised late bloom from R. Fighting Temeraire is just about hanging on in there.  
 

36 comments:

  1. The real test of a garden is how it looks in the leaner months and yours looks good Angie. It is truly amazing what you have achieved in a year. Hats off! You are so right about the value of this meme, it certainly keeps us on our toes.

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    1. Yes, I'm pleased with how most of it looks now there are many gaps it's slightly imbalanced but that's something I can work towards and improve on I think Jessica.

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  2. I totally agree with RD! I think your garden is looking great - wish mine looked that well thought-out at present! Your Teasing Georgia is gorgeous; I, too, will bow to more experienced growers, but I will note that my cousin has found TG a bit small (and weak?) even in Southern California... Your pictures always put Fighting Temeraire back on my wish list ;-)

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    1. Amy, Fighting Temeraire is another with a few weak stems and again only time will tell whether or not it will eventually make a nice strong bush.

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  3. Enjoyed your end of November views Angie. Very handsome arch showing off a Winter garden which looks a helluva lot better than ours.

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    1. Thanks Alistair, I am pleased with my choice of arch. Just the right size for the small garden I think.

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  4. Angie - the arch Iris has gone! It is interesting to read about the effect that focussing on this area has had on the way in which you've gardened and how useful the posts will be to you going forward. I guess you will end up in a couple of years with a mature front garden, so these posts will serve to remind you how well you have done.

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    1. Very observant Sarah. It has gone along to my brother's garden for the time being. If it's colour matches my scheme I can always bring it back again. I will be good to have some pictures to refer back too.

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  5. Your garden looks really good of structure and......it's nice and tidy. I cannot say that of my garden.

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    1. Other parts of the garden do not look quite so good Janneke - most of the back garden is still a bit of a mess and now far too wet to do much about that!

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  6. Dear Angie, I love the tidy, neat look of your mulched garden with the edged lawn! I can't imagine that any plant would not be enjoying being given a fresh layer of mulch, at least this is the case in my garden, but you are gardening in a totally different climate, so who knows. I am curious about your judgement about the mulching experiment next year.
    It amazes me that Salvia 'Amistad' is still blooming in your garden! It seems to grow well in completely different climate zones. Are you intending to overwinter it somehow?
    In my garden David Austin roses often start out with weak necks, but correct the problem themselves as they get older. I don't think that you will regret giving 'Teasing Georgia' some more time to mature. The blooms are certainly very lovely.
    Wishing you a wonderful advents time!
    Warm regards,
    Christina

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    1. You mulch to retain moisture Christina - certainly not a problem in this part of the world and in particular right at this very minute!
      I have cuttings from Salvia Amistad going on the kitchen window to replenish my stocks. I would not be without it in the garden now. This plant is very popular with the pollinators.

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  7. Your garden is looking so good in the low sunshine – I bet it was a bit different when the storms were battering at its worst! Hope you didn’t have any serious damage. Your front garden is a testament to your hard work, it will just get better and better as it mature. Salvia Amistad is now on my wish list, after seeing what you and other write about it I hope to include it in my new garden. I have 5 David Austin roses and the 3 oldest are now getting stronger and bigger despite having been grown in containers most of their life. I think next summer they will look really good - and I bought the 3 first in February 2012.

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    1. All three storms have done little damage to the garden thankfully Helene. You were one of the readers that had commented previously about giving the DA roses time, so thank you for reconfirming that for me.

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  8. I am so impressed by what you've done with this space, Angie. The roses and other plants you've chosen are beautiful both individually and as an ensemble. My hat's off to you!

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    1. Thanks Kris. Just a bit tweaking here and there, nothing major thankfully.

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  9. It's fascinating to see your photo progressions. And every time, I'm impressed with your lovely garden. We've crossed weather paths now, though. We're in winter temps here, although much milder than normal. Our highs will be in the 4C to 10C range for the next 10 days. Believe it or not, that's mild for us in December. I'm not complaining. ;) I've heard very good things about Salvia 'Amistad' too. It looks beautiful in your garden along the fence!

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    1. We are still experiencing milder temps but the wind and rain has been relentless recently Beth. It is quite unlike our normal colder Decembers here in Scotland.

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  10. Goodness, Angie, how organised and neat and tidy you are. You are a perfectionist and every plant in your care looks wonderfully healthy. Well done you, how satisfying it must be to have everything looking good and ready for winter.

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    1. You would not be saying that if you saw the rest of the garden Chloris! It does however bring a smile to my face each time I come through the front gate knowing that I can leave the front garden alone for the time being.

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  11. Congratulations for being on top of your list of jobs to do Angie. You will have more time now to plan for next year and read all these blogs. I do think this is a busy time of year in the garden, getting on top of the work as you have will pay dividends in the spring.

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    1. Those dividends are exactly what I am hoping for Brian. My job means I have no time at this time of the year to do much and the garden just needs to look after itself.

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  12. I love your photos, Angie, these low sun rays through plants and also Teasing Georgie, nice late blooming rose.

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    1. Thanks Nadezda - I am hopeful for more late rose blooms or at the very least colour full buds for a while longer.

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  13. All nice and tidy and ready for next year Angie, your garden is looking great, mine is the usual disorganised mess. I like Salvias and think they are worth while plants, but their lack of hardiness has always put me off which is a shame because if I shaped they can easily be overwintered from cuttings.

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    1. Yes, I have cuttings going Rick. The original plant was somewhat expensive so am glad I've been able to justify the cost this way.

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  14. Did I spot a variegated Euphorbia in your front garden Angie ? You are looking very tidy for the winter - and even a rose in bloom !

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    1. It is actually a variegated wall flower Jane, Erysimum Fragrant Star. A cutting received from a friend which if I am honest would not have been my choice but I am rather pleased with it and I already have managed to propagate it so I can add more of it.

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  15. Rusty Duck has taken the words out of my mouth. Is the salvia in the photo from a cutting taken last year Angie? If so it's put on some really good growth. I hope that you're getting some respite from the wind and rain but if it's like it is here tonight we're in for another battering this weekend.

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    1. Those are last year's cuttings Anna and have done well this year despite the lack of summer and heat here.
      Work was a bit of nightmare Friday night because of the wind - it was really fierce, the worse I can remember for a while. I hope you didn't suffer too much down there.

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  16. As others have said you are so organised Angie, all the more amazing given the bad weather and how busy you are at work, your garden looks lovely and I am sure with the mulch your plants toes are cozy and warm, Frances

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    1. Yes, this time of the year is very busy at work and although the rest of the garden is a tad neglected looking I am very pleased with this spot. Here's hoping the plants appreciate my efforts Frances.

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  17. We have had the same problem with the grass, with the mild weather letting it grow and it needing mowing, but it's not been dry enough to do so. I think it will have to be like this until Spring now. The front garden looks nicely bedded in for winter. It's amazing to think this was just lawn a year ago. Now it's a front garden of which to be proud.

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    1. And continue to grow it does Julieanne but like you I will now have to wait until spring I think. Thanks for the kinds words, they are much apprected.

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  18. Hi Angie, hope you are well and surviving the storms. Still lots of colour and foliage going on there, it's looking great. I always enjoy the challenge of finding plants that will take the garden through winter, especially coloured stems and foliage. I'm loooking forward to some dry and calm days so I can start tidying the nursery, doesn't look like it will be this week. Have a great week.

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  19. Oh! please don't throw the Jasmine. It has such beautifully fragrant flower. I love their fragrance.

    Your garden looks beautiful. What are those yellow flowers behind the yellow rose?

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