November is the month when all the seasons meet in an unlikely juxtaposition in the garden. We still have summer roses, (don’t worry I’m not going to trot Sally Holmes out again, but she is still going strong, as is Rosa mutabilis.) There are still pinks, as the late flowering Dianthus rupicola is holding on. Other summer blooms are dotted about the garden.
Autumn is taken care of with the late flowering Kniphofia rooperi showing off beside Physocarpus ‘Diablo” The bloom in the photo is looking a bit ragged, but there are still more to come.
The mainstay of the November garden are Chrysanthemums. They arouse strong feelings in people; some loathe them because they are associated with funerals. Others dislike the unnatural looking mopheads. I have a friend who has a hatred for the daisy flowered spray Chrysanthemums. The sight of the yellow eye enrages her for some reason. I believe they will follow dahlias and become popular again because they give colour when there is not much else about. I have lots and I love their cheery faces, even though I’m not sure of all their names. Some have been acquired from cuttings from various sources.
My favourite is the strong growing Chrysanthemum ‘Chelsea Physic Garden’ which has lovely red flowers dusted with gold.
My latest purchase is Chrysanthemum ‘Mrs. Jessie Cooper’ which is a lovely dark pink. I forgot to take a picture of this one, but I was gratified to read Sue at From Sewing room to Potting to Shed recommending it very highly recently, and Sue knows a good plant when she sees one.
In the shade, an unassuming little plant is quietly spreading. Reineckia carnea doesn’t have very showy flowers but they are very welcome in the autumn when everything else is winding down.
People are surprised to see snowdrops in autumn but they are are blooming at the right time. Galanthus reginae-olgae has been and gone, or it would have done, if slugs hadn’t carefully removed all the flowers before I got to see them. They thoughtfully left the stems so that I could count how many had been eaten. Never mind, we still have Galanthus elwesii ‘Barnes’ to enjoy. At least I do, the Pianist wouldn’t notice a snowdrop even if it jumped up and bit him on the nose.
Christina at My Hesperides Garden recently showed her magnificent Arbutus unedo. I long for mine to look like hers, although it probably never will, as this tree is better suited to her climate. Still I am enjoying the clusters of little lily-of -the -valley flowers.
Winter flowers are flourishing now. I recently showed my Mahonia ‘Charity, which always starts blooming in November. Winter flowering jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum is a real winter bloomer . I was very surprised to see Helleborus niger in full bloom too.
I didn’t do a ‘Scent in the Garden’ post last month because fragrance is a bit thin on the ground in October. I was going to feature my little Cerdiciphyllum japnica ‘Pendula’. The heart shaped leaves smell deliciously of toffee apples in the autumn. Unfortunately they fell off very quickly and I missed them. This month though we have a few flowers on the sweetly scented Coronilla.
The winter flowering Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ smells delicious. It is full of blooms this year, as is everyone else’s.
My most deliciously fragrant plant at the moment is my newly acquired, lemon- scented Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’. I have been wanting a Magnolia grandiflora for ages, but I hesitated because it grows so big, it takes years to bloom and it needs a sheltered position and I couldn’t think where I could put one. When I read about ‘Little Gem’, I ordered one, because two of the problems were solved. It is nice and compact and it flowers at an early age. Indeed, it already has two delicious waxy flowers. I still haven’t solved the problem of where to plant it, so it sits in the greenhouse at the moment, whilst I think how to conjure up a protective south facing wall.
I’ll finish with a quick peek into the greenhouse. Cestrum newelli has been blooming for weeks and shows no sign of stopping.
Abutilon megapotamicum flowers on and on too.
The white nerine is too tender to live outside but its delicate blooms last for ages in the greenhouse.
Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted by Carol at MaydreamGardens. I am going over there now to see what other people are enjoying in the garden this month.