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.
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