Garden Blogger Bloom Day – November 2015

Rose Ophelia
Rose Ophelia

Who would have thought that a November Garden Bloggers Bloom Day from the UK Midlands would feature a rose in full glory.  I keep posting ‘last roses’ this year and still they continue.

Fatsia 'Spidersweb'
Fatsia ‘Spidersweb’

At the same time you have the usual seasonal flowers starting to bloom such as this Fatsia ‘Spidersweb’ which is flowering for the first time and I really like the combination of the white flowers with the variegated leaves.  The plant, along with my other two Fatsias are already starting to hum with late pollinators.

Mahonia x media 'Charity'
Mahonia x media ‘Charity’

Also popular with the pollinators is the Mahonia.  I am really pleased to discover the flowers on this plant as I ruthlessly chopped it down to the ground probably three years ago to try to encourage more than one stem.  It just sat there for months on end before this time last year there were signs of growth, and now we have the first flowers.

Salvia involucrata 'Boutin'
Salvia involucrata ‘Boutin’

Like the roses the Salvias are revelling in the mild Autumn temperatures.  The Salvia involucrata ‘Boutin’ is like a beacon at the top of the garden with its large bright pink flowers.  I love the exuberance of this plant, it is like a Salvia on steroids and have cuttings growing in the greenhouse just in case I lose the one above if we have a cold winter.

Chinese Foxglove
Chinese Foxglove

Another half-hardy resident is this Chinese Foxglove which I acquired back in the early summer and it has been flowering non-stop ever since.  It has lived in the border but as is slightly tender I have decided to pot it up for the winter and it will probably be stored in the greenhouse or cold frame.  I am just trying to work out how I would propagate it apart from seed.

Gladiolus murielae
Gladiolus murielae

Also waving at me from the top of the garden are the Gladiolus murielae (formerly Acidanthera).  These flowers are particularly satisfying as they are from pots of bulbs that I had discarded on the very top border as there were no signs of growth and then lo and behold in the summer shoots appeared and they have been flowering merrily away.  I am going to leave them in situ, maybe with a protective mulch, to see how they come through the winter.

Saxifrage fortunei 'Conway Snow'
Saxifrage fortunei ‘Conway Snow’

Finally I leave you with a more diminutive treat, Saxifraga fortunei ‘Conway Snow’, one of my alpines saxifragas.  I have a bit of a weakness for these but I am keeping it firmly in check as I really don’t need any more plant obsessions!

To see what is flowering in garden bloggers gardens all around the world pop over to Carol’s at May Dream Gardens and check out the links.


24 Comments Add yours

  1. Cathy says:

    I need to look into these little saxifrages as I can think of several places where they would be useful. And what a lovely salvia – I am still dithering over whether to take any cuttings of mine… Glad to see your Spidersweb has settled in and is flowering.

  2. Your photos are such great fun; it has truly been such a wonderful year; I also have roses still blooming, but the Mahonia x media ‘charity’ will not bloom for about two more months. I am so jealous of your Chinese Foxglove, I would give almost anything to get them to thrive in my garden. I have tried on multiple occasions with no positive results. Thank you for taking time to share.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Charlie
      It will be interesting to see if I can get the Chinese Foxglove to appear next year

  3. homeslip says:

    What an amazing season it has been. So many plants have never looked better in my garden, well at least not in November. I can’t quite believe we still haven’t had our first frost, but perhaps that’s on the cards for the end of the month.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Sarah
      I dont think we had much of a frost last winter, I hate really cold winters unless I dont have to go out anywhere, so quite happy for it to be mild

  4. The Fatsia and Mahonia are plants I can’t grow so I enjoy seeing them in other gardens. Both have such dramatic flowers and equally effective foliage.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Linda
      the foliage is the real attraction for me but the flowers are definitely a bonus

  5. Allotmental says:

    Its great to see so many flowers in bloom this time of year ☺

  6. Amazing November blooms, Helen. While your English growing season is much longer than ours, I am amazed to see that beautiful rose. Happy GBBD! P. x

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Pam
      I too am surprised at the number of roses still flowering, it has been unseasonably warm this year.

  7. Yvonne Ryan says:

    I don’t think I have seen the Chinese foxglove – lovely! Visited Kaikoura over weekend – east coast of the South Island. Wonderful cliff top garden Winterhome visited. The perfumes of the garden enveloped the whole garden!! The day was overcast, cool, no wind and the smells were wonderful. Never experienced so many smells over an entire garden! I think about 5 hectares, cliff top with the Pacific just below and dramatic rocks – dolphins, seals, whales swimming bye! Very lucky to visit! Dry plants have to survive and very clever plantings over 30/40 years. Another wonderful NZ garden!!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Yvonne
      Sounds like a wonderful trip

  8. Chloris says:

    It is amazing to have roses in November, not hanging like ‘ limp moths’ as Farrer called winter roses, but as fresh as they were in June. I have Salvia’ Boutin’ too and what a delight its late flowers
    are. I love that Saxifrage with its dainty flowers.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Liz
      The Saxifragas are very dainty. They have excellent foliage too. The larger ones are, in my opinion, good rivals for heucheras, and much nicer flowers

  9. Fatsia Spidersweb is really handsome. Have you found it reliably hardy? Lovely collection you have put together.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Dorris
      I have only had spidersweb for one winter which was mild and it came through that fine. I think the longer it has to establish the hardier it gets but we shall see what this winter brings

    2. Please let it be a mild one

  10. It’s been unseasonably warm, hasn’t it!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Rachel
      Very unseasonably and now they are talking about cooler temperatures this weekend as though it is going to sub-artic rather than probably seasonal

  11. Angie says:

    It’s been a good November Helen. What a pretty Saxifraga – plant obsessions? I don’t believe you 🙂

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Angie
      No I dont have any plant obsessions, I dont know what people are talking about

  12. Brian Skeys says:

    Conway Snow is also testing my weakness!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Brian
      If you succumb to Conway Snow I can tell you the nursery that bred it but it will mean you visiting Snowdonia or maybe attending an AGS show.

  13. Neyon says:

    How beautiful 🙂 This month I have only seen a few yellow roses in bloom

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