The Changing Seasons ~ November

We’ve had frost. Yippee! Some more please, dear weather gods. We gardeners need to have this year’s slug population explosion well and truly blasted, or nipped in the bud, or whatever you need to do to stop the critters chomping and reproducing. And yes, I know they are useful in the compost heap, and I’m sure other slugs love them, but enough is enough. They are roosting everywhere, including in the polytunnel. No vegetable is safe.

Of course more frost will mean an end to the late flowering flowers – the campanula and geranium Rozanne still on the go, the hesperanthus (above) which simply refused to give in to the frost; the Russian rudbeckia that, astonishingly, is currently contemplating the making of fresh, fat russet buds. (It must have been bred in deepest Siberia). The annual pot marigolds are still busy too.

But heavens to Murgatroyd, much as we like to keep seeing them, surely it is time all good plants were asleep in their beds, gathering themselves for next summer’s flowering. In the meantime, though, here are scenes of the garden’s last hurrah – taken today and over the last week.

The Changing Seasons Please visit Max to see his wonderfully atmospheric shots of night-time Oslo.


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44 thoughts on “The Changing Seasons ~ November

  1. Some of these are new to me .Late season beauty.I have read to leave some of the remains and not clean up to soon because the frost and maybe even snow can be so pretty clinging to them.

  2. So colourful! And yes, let’s hope those pesky slugs take a break from breeding, though in my case there’s not a lot of frost to kill them off 😦

      1. I wish I could find some toads and hedgehogs, they’d be very happy here 🙂 And yes, I have considered using nematodes, alternatively simply growing plants that can survive. Which probably means my lovely hosta has to go.

      2. For one plant you might be able to muster enough anti-slug material to surround it – copper impregnated mat perhaps. Mother in law always used sharp grit as a mulch. Egg shells. Wool. Magic spell!

  3. enjoyed the recent pics and I really need to share a few images from my garden today.
    My first time out in a month and I was the neglectful gardener this year for sure. So much so that I left peppers and tomatoes to dry rot on the vine. oh my! long story short – I was not going to garden this year at all but I slowly added things and well – it was not my best year….
    anyhow, today – I grabbed some fresh oregano and spearmint to rub between my fingers and began thinking of next year’s goals.
    and back to your fun Seasons post…
    loved this phrase:
    heavens to Murgatroyd – haha!
    and the slideshow was so nice –

    1. Lovely to have you here, Yvette. Even the best gardening plans can quickly fall apart I find. Time gallops on, and it’s too easy to forget what should be done when. On the other hand, with the change in the seasons, maybe we need to relearn this anyway.

  4. What a bounty of brightness! I’ve never been much of a gardener, and so admire those who are. You know so much! And then you have this wonderful year-round reward of beauty.

    1. Thank you, Alison. All this late flowering is quite a recent phenomenon. Once everyone used to put their gardens here to bed in October, and it would be all bare ground until the spring bulbs. We’ll need to learn some new stuff planting-wise methinks.

  5. I’m back after an enforced absence due to an internet outage of almost a week and rushed over to stroll around your garden with you Tish. Beautiful photos and slide show. Slugs and snails are not a problem for me as I have very active blue tongue lizards, 2 of them. with a great appetite for all things slimy…

    1. Computers/internet – what headaches they give us. And we expect them always to work! Nice to have you back and visiting the garden. My wishes have been granted, This morning we have frost.

  6. I’ve noticed the profusion of slugs this year. A good freeze is essential for keeping so much under control – slugs, mold, viruses, ticks, etc…

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