End of the month view – November 2012
At last, after days of continuous rain the sun has come out. This morning, on the last day of November, it is -3C but that is a small price to pay for brighter weather. I must confess that I spend most of my time viewing the garden through the conservatory window. I might as well admit to myself that “real gardening” is over for the year.
I do visit the greenhouse to check on the tender plants. This involves shuffling in sideways as there is not much spare space.
Outside I have wrapped up the base of the obelisk holding my Passion flower and Campsis vine. I used garden fleece and stuffed it with straw. A cap of plastic bubble wrap will keep most of the heavy rain off. I suspect the Passion flower is “Blue Haze”, not as hardy as caerulea so I am giving it a chance to become more established. The Campsis is newly planted this year too. Who knows what kind of winter we will have but I am playing it safe.
My tender Pineapple Sage seems oblivious to the fact that December is about to arrive. It is four feet tall and about to flower – talk about being in denial. I have taken cuttings as it is highly unlikely the plant will survive the winter.
I have moved my pots of Sempervivums up against the wall of the house or under a shelf on the side of the garage where they will be sheltered from the rain over winter.
At this time of year foliage comes into its own and I notice plants that tend to fade into the background when the borders are full of colour. My Helichrysum italicum is a beautiful shade of pale grey and when the foliage is crushed there is adistinct fragrance of curry – no wonder it is called the Curry Plant.
Now the perennials have died back the rigid branches of Teucrium fruticans can be seen. I find the shape very attractive and the white stems contrast well with the neat, shiny, dark green leaves.
There are few flowers now but among them are Rudbeckia and some Geranium robertianum.
I wonder if there will be any flowers by the end of December?
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