End of Month View of the Garden: End of November 2016

November in the Garden

November started much the same as October ended, above average temperatures and dry days.

Then it rained, the majority of the month’s total rainfall fell over two separate days, the second rainy day bringing us 33.8 mm of rain in 24 hours resulting in large pools of water over the lawn which served as a reminder that my soil is generally quite clayey under the surface.

Then the temperatures plummeted and for several days everything turned all white and twinkly.

Icy Edges.
Icy Edges.

The Temperatures got down to -4.5 for a few nights, and I was relieved that I turned off my outside tap the day before the icy freeze.

Many fruits are appearing on some of my plants bring a welcome splash of colour.

Malus evereste
Malus evereste

My ever faithful and reliant  Malus ‘Evereste crab apple tree is  fruiting up well, surprisingly I’ve found that nothing consumes the fruits and I usually have to snip off the brown and rotting remains just before the next year’s blossoms start to form.

Sarcococca fruits
Sarcococca fruits

My Sarcococca has developed lots of black shiny fruits, nothing appears to eat these fruits either, must be because they are black and foreboding in colour.

Elsewhere in the garden I’ve decided to have a more laid back approach to tidying up, after seeing a Goldfinch making use of my frosted sunflower heads, I’ve decided to leave stalks and seed heads in situ for the wildlife.

Seed heads and stalks.
Seed heads and stalks.

I’ve got some lovely ornamental  Grass seed heads emerging in my borders.

Pennisetum 'red buttons'
Pennisetum ‘red buttons’

I’ve planted a lot of bulbs recently, a mixture of Tulips, Narcissus in pots and some Alliums in the front Garden, im hoping to see them in the spring, despite the best efforts of an inquisitive squirrel.


Squirrel foraging evidence.
Squirrel foraging evidence.

I’ve also started to protect my two Tree Ferns, this is my first winter with them so I’m quite nervous about their prospects, I’ve done quite a bit of research about the best way to overwinter, whilst everybody agrees some protection is required, there is quite a selection of opinions available on methods and materials.

I’m trying the thick fleece in the growing point method, and placing both my plants into a cold greenhouse with thick fleece available for trunk wrapping when required.

The Edible Bit.

My experiment in growing  a few Parsnips in a bottomless bin have yielded mixed results so far.

Kinky roots and a bit of canker, next year I think I’ll try Carrots.

In my mini veg patch the Garlic which was planted in October has yet to make an appearance, and my carrots were all filled with Carrot root fly, it was my own fault really as I did not get round providing adequate protection. I’ve managed to make the most of a rubbish crop.

Carrot fly riddled carrots.
Carrot fly riddled carrots.

And finally my first ever crop of Curly Kale, which is the only plant currently left in the veg patch, although looks good, and tastes nice, is smothered on the underside with some of the most indestructible Whitefly I have ever come across.

White Fly... Ugh.!
White Fly… Ugh.!

It has resisted water blasting, flicking and finally the subzero temperatures we had recently.

I’m going to have to chop up and compost the plants, they are not appetising, and I don’t want to overwinter the whiteFly into next year.  I know I’m not the only gardener to be suffering from  lingering whitefly outdoors, I think at this rate I will be having to grow everything under fleece protection.!

One last thing, I mentioned at the end of my last blog that my Clematis Niobe had started flowering….

Clematis niobe
Clematis Niobe

Well it still is…. I’m starting to wonder if I can make my fortune with the world’s first perpetual flowering Clematis.?

Thanks as ever for Helen for hosting this Meme

Bye for now.

End of Month View of the Garden: The End Of October 2016


6 thoughts on “End of Month View of the Garden: End of November 2016

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  1. Lucky you. Nice to read of the results of your exploits.

    Your malus is far more fruity than mine. Which is probably a good thing as mine has grown over the drive which means the car is usually covered in a mix of regurgitated malus fruits and blackbird s**t every morning. And, come to think of it, my sarcococca bushes overwhelmed the place with their fragrant blossom earlier in the year but haven’t produced a single fruit.

    I’ve concentrated on grasses for my HPS seed order this year. I wonder if I have any from you?


  2. Hopefully the cold snap will put paid to the whitefly. I love that bright cheerful crab apple. It’s a shame about those carrots. I can only grow them in containers in the poly tunnel. I hid them amongst the rosemary plants and hoped for the best. Luckily the blighters didn’t venture in there and we are still eating them now. I didn’t harvest them all. Just let the compost dry out and they seem to be keeping ok. Found this out by accident when they didn’t get watered whilst I was poorly in hospital. All the best. Karen


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