End of Month View November 2011

I’m not sure how to make this an interesting point as the garden is quite dull at the moment.  All the borders need tidying and sorting out and are very dishevelled given the winds we have had recently.  Whenever there is some wind the garden is littered with small twigs despite there not being that many trees.  Above is the corner border which earlier this year I was toying converting into a pond area but I have gone off that idea as I have decided I don’t want a pond.  Last month the obelisk had disappeared but you will see its back again mainly because I can’t find anywhere else to put it.  It was one of the first garden structures (for want of a better description) that I bought so I have a sort of sentimental attachment to it though I hate the colour.  I have thought about painting it but it is a mixture of metal and plastic so I’m not convinced it would work very well.  This is a troublesome bed as the back and right hand side can get very dry due to roots from surrounding trees where as the front and left hand side has really good soil.  I did notice this weekend that there were quite a lot of self-seeders, what looked like mulleins and lychnis so I think I will go with the flow in this area.  My eldest son is also making me a back less bench to go in here as it is one of the few flat areas so a good place to have a seat.

The daisy slope border is a little wild at the moment although the grasses along the back up bulking up and look wonderful when the sun filters through them.  There is quite a bit of weeding to do in here and some cutting back of asters.  I hate this view as the fence shouts at me but there are bamboos and a vine up there and hopefully in the coming year they will get going and start to fill the gap and screen the fence.

My biggest project this last couple of months has been converting the pond into a bog garden.  I have to admit that it looks like a mud hole at the moment but I can assure you the bed is full.  I will post more about this later in the week.

This is the border between the corner border and the bog garden which, as with everything, needs a good tidy up and weed.  I need to rethink think the planting in here now that I have done the bog garden so it flows into each other.  I have a few ideas most of which involve moving existing plants around.

The woodland border looks the same as it has since I made it in April.  I have huge expectations for this in the spring given the number of bulbs I have planted and all the spring perennials which I have planted.  So much needs bulking up and I need to think about the fence and screening it.  Considering running some wires along it and sending some climbers along, I just need to decide what.

So this is my garden at the end of November, in need of some work and tidying up but when you consider that this time last year it was covered in snow I still have a chance to get on top of things – hopefully.

If you would like to join in with this meme please feel free to.  You can adapt it to however would work for you.  It would be lovely if you could add a link in the comment box so I, and others, can spot your posts.




Author: Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited

25 thoughts on “End of Month View November 2011”

  1. Every month I think I must do an EOMV and then each month seems to whizz by so quickly that I never get round to it. I will try harder next month (or the one after)! Intriguing to see how the bog garden develops.


    1. I am also intrigued to see how the bog garden turns out – who knows, not me
      DO join in next month or even this month

  2. Helen,
    I think that feather reed grass will be worth waiting for by your back fence – it is a great spot for it.

    We are enjoying a longer fall as well, though the flakes are coming down today. I would expect a December filled with snow, but we will see. I too have enjoyed all of the extra time to putter in the garden before it is covered. Thanks for hosting!:


    1. Thanks for joining in again Julie
      I am pleased with the grass along the back, they should fill out well and form a nice swaying backdrop

  3. hello Helen, I like your grasses along the back fence and the corn dragonfly, I think at this time of year and with the winds that have been passing over most of Britain this last week it would be impossible to be tidy in the garden, your spring plant should look wonderful I look forward to seeing it,

    the first few weeks of November were calm here so I did get some work done in the garden including the Alder bed I’m creating so I did a post last weekend as today is wordless Wednesday, you can see my post here:
    thanks for hosting, Frances

    1. Hi Christina – I can be patient with seeds and cuttings but not very patient with plants bulking up. I cant afford to buy big plants and I do feel embarrassed sometimes at the amount of bare soil showing when in my head it should look wonderful and floriforous

    1. Hi Donna – thanks for joining in with the meme. I cant wait to see what the bog garden turns out like either, its a bit of a mystery at the moment!

  4. Hi Helen!
    When the bamboos grow and spread they will make a lovely backdrop to your bed, I think. Although this is near the end of the season for you, it also seems like a beginning, as your post has me imagining all the bulbs and perennials underground just waiting for spring. It should be something to see, especially your bog garden.
    And thank you for hosting this and encouraging me to join in, I never would have done so much in my garden if I hadn’t had the motivation of knowing I’d be blogging about it at the end of each month.
    Here’s my EOMV link

    1. Hi Lyn
      I am so glad the EOMV meme has been helpful to you. It makes me focus as well, I find it makes me look more critically at my garden and motivates me to get on with stuff

  5. Helen your garden is looking good and imagining all the spring bulbs calling out to each other saying hurry hurry it are turn to came and be in the spot like well i have to take some more phots of my back garden again it’s mainly laid to lawn with the area for the chickens at the back and plaining to put sone fruit trees at the back but holding of as we might be moveing in the new year ?
    whatch this space

  6. Hi Helen,

    If you think your garden isn’t interesting enough for an EOMV post, you’re definitely wrong — you can really see the bones (somewhere under the twigs – where do they all come from? – and it’s a great time to assess what’s been done. And of course there will be bulbs springing up, and not that far away either… or so I keep telling myself, ahem…

    Here’s my post: http://beangenie.wordpress.com/

    1. Hi Kate – thanks for joining in. When I look at the photos all I see is what is wrong with the garden, I suppose we are critical of our own gardens more than others.

    1. Hi Alison – its ridicolous the amount of twigs that come out the willow and prunus trees, there shouldnt be anything left on the trees. Thanks for joining in again this month. Off to check out your post

  7. It is difficult to find anything uplifting in a November garden 🙂
    I am also stuck with a dry area under my Eucalyptus tree. The dryness is bad enough but the roots prevent digging any goodsized hole to plant anything. I think I will have to do some research.
    Looking forward to seeing your bog garden next year!

    1. Hi easygardener. Have you thought of sowing some seeds under your Eucalptus tree of some plants that like dry conditions and their roots could find their own way through the roots

  8. Your garden is far from too dull to review. This is naturally a quieter month, the flounces of summer have gone, but a great time to really see what lies beneath, and with these temperatures it’s the perfect time to move things around that you’ve earmarked as out of place.

    In my case I’ve simply been stuffing tiny things in all over the place, that make little impression on our very bare borders. Time will tell whether I’ve gone too far, when they all expand to fill their space three times over next year!

    I love the repetition of your grasses along the fence and how they catch the light, perfect for this time of year.

    1. Hi S – glad you like the grasses, they have been in for a year now and are beginning to bulk up well

  9. Well it looks fabulous to me! I once painted one of those obelix things with a primer and then coated it with a rust red metal paint – it got me a further two years use out of the thing, and the contrast with the brilliant pink sweet peas I grew up it was very satsifying to my eyes.

    I like the rhythm of the grasses along the fence too – very harmonious and probably beautiful to watch in a strong wind.

  10. Hi Helen, those grasses look wonderful with the light making them glow. I’m sure the fence will soon be far less shouty, and spring looks like being rather exciting given the bulbs and the new bog garden. This time of year always takes a leap of faith as things die back. My EOMV post is up now, thanks again for hosting.

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