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