I am joining in with Helen’s meme a couple of days late, but all the photos were taken on the 31st.October.
Cotinus ‘Grace’ goes a lovely autumn colour and blends well with the Acer next to it. Overhead are the yellow leaves of a weeping birch and the tree all strapped up with blue rope is a mulberry; Morus niger. You can just see the flowers of the rose ‘Buff Beauty’ to the left of the picture.
Here is the knobbly trunk of the Betula pendula ‘Tristis. The ropes can come off for the winter now, they are for our hammocks.
This is the view looking through the Cotinus to the summer house.
Going further down the garden we come to the big pond or the ‘pit’ as I call it because it is such a deep hole.
The shrub to the left is a large Forsythia which has amazed me this year with its autumn tints. The tall grass is Arundo donax .
I have several different bamboos round the pond which I will show you another day. This is just one of them.
I also have several different Cornus here for their coloured stems in winter. This one Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter fire’ has lovely orange stems but it also has good autumn foliage.
The tree to the right of the picture is the Snake bark Acer, Acer grosseri var. hersii.
I tried to grow hydrangeas here but they got drowned when the water level rose in winter. The next picture is one that was growing higher up the bank. I brought it with me from my last garden as a cutting. I don’t know its name but it has large flowers which go such a lovely antique shade in the Autumn. Incidentally, I don’t know whether you have tried it, but hydrangeas are incredibly easy from cuttings.
Further round there is a lovely Mahonia eurybracteata ‘Soft Caress’ in bloom. This garden has far too many mahonias, but I couldn’t resist the lovely foliage of this one and I bought it a couple of years ago.
Mahonia ‘Charity’ is all round the garden. I quite like it but I don’t know why the previous owner felt the need to plant quite so much of it.
It is very shady round here and the pretty little Reineckia carnea runs around quite happily.
We won’t go further down and into the orchard this time, and I am certainly not going to show you the potager which is in urgent need of attention. But before we go back I wanted to show you the seed heads of this Clematis flammula climbing up a plum tree. This clematis has frothy clouds of little white fragrant flowers in summer.
Reginald Farrer said that he hated roses like’ withered moths’ in winter. But it has been so warm that these roses look as fresh as they did in summer. I don’t think Farrer could object to them. The first one is ‘Buff beauty’.
The next one is Rosa mutabilis.
I showed you Rosa ‘Grace’ in a vase recently. She is stunning.
This dainty Abutilon has been flowering for ages now in the protection of the wall.
I seem to have quite a few flowers in rusty red shades. Love them or loathe them, a late flowering Kniphofia rooperi makes a valuable contribution to the November garden.
Nearby, I have the lovely Chrysanthemum ‘Chelsea Physic garden’. It is a dusky russety-red with bronze backs to the petals. Gorgeous.
I have become very fond of Chrysanthemums the last year or two, specially the November flowering ones. If we go round to the front garden we will find a few more. I don’t know the name of this lovely pink one, it is a cutting from a friend . Whatever it is I love it. To the right of it you can see that the tall Dianthus rupicola is still in bloom.
My favourite is the very old variety ‘Emperor of China’. It blooms very late and at the same time the foliage turns a lovely red colour.
I think the single daisy flowers of Chrysanthemum ‘Mary Stoker’ look lovely with Hesperantha coccinea ‘Mrs. Hegarty’ and the red Hesperantha coccinea ‘Major’.
Hesperantha (or Schizostylis if you are still using its old name) is wonderful for this time of the year and as long as it doesn’t dry out it will spread quickly and you can divide it up and have it all over the garden.
I will finish with my November snowdrop so if you don’t like snowdrops in November close your eyes now.
I love Galanthus elwesii ‘Barnes’ which always flowers in November. I am thrilled that I have several clumps of it which take over from Galanthus reginae-olgae which has finished blooming now.
Thank you Helen from the Patientgardener blog for hosting this End of Month View meme.