It’s the end of November and there really isn’t much to show in the garden about from neglect and autumn views and not nice autumn views but soggy tired ones.  The photograph above shows one of the better parts of the garden at the moment, the working corner.  Here is my son’s wood store although it has been slightly hijacked to store my bamboo clouches and path membrane from the allotment, but then he has taken up most of the garage. In the front behind the bamboo are the two big compost bins which are overflowing ridiculously and demonstrate what happens when you don’t turn your compost heaps or manage them in any way at all.  Next year I will do better  – honest.

This is the woodland garden.  You can tell its a woodland garden due to the amount of leaves covering it from the neighbour’s trees!!  I have started to clear some of the leaves from the border.  I  know some argue that you should leave the leaves as a mulch but I have mixed feelings about this as I am sure they harbour slugs and other pests and I don’t want my Spring perennials and bulbs being munched before they have a chance to get going.  I often push the leaves under the larger shrubs and trees.

The slope is also looking a bit neglected.  The grasses at the back are looking Ok and some of the Asters but the Helianthus Lemon Queen has not decayed well and just look like brown messes.  I seriously need to have a tidy up here and I still want to plant some tulip for Spring colour.

The bog garden and the confused corner garden have some plants of interest but generally they have seen better days.  The border at the front of the bog garden has lots of narcissus planted in it and have a ridiculous pile of free bulbs which I think I will pop into the corner bed just to add some Spring colour.  I am still trying to find an identity or theme or something for this corner as it hasn’t worked.  I have a number of options from ripping it all out and putting in some sort of bulky raised bed for alpines to using it for mad bright big annuals.  I suspect it will be the latter while I ponder the former for another year.

I leave you with a peak at the front garden which I have been trying to work on this year. I have reshaped the lawn (well nearly as the rain stopped me lifting the turf along the top edge near the house) and there are lots of bulbs planted.  This is going to be the subject of next year’s End of Month View.  I will probably start in December with a post showing you how it has changed this year.

If you would like to join in with the End of Month View you are very welcome to.  You can use it for whatever purpose you like, there are no rules but it would be very nice if you could add a link to your post in the comments box so I can have a nose at your  garden.

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