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Dark nights

Monday, 14 Nov 11 Cloudy 12°C / 54°F

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Darker nights mean less time for gardening, but they also offer an opportunity to get shots of certain flowers that show up well with a black background, like Verbena Bonariensis and Sedum.

1. Sedum
2. Verbena Bonariensis
3. Orange Hawkweed growing through Silver Ragwort
4. Veronica ‘Red Fox’
5. November sunset through Birch trees

It’s been amazing to have a week or two with very little wind, finally. And this week we’ve even had pretty mild weather as well with daytime temps 10-16C and some nights not going below 10. But there have been a few light frosts and today there was a very noticeable change in the garden with lots of the plants that had been green turning yellow and dropping their leaves. I’m still amazed they lasted this long, but also quite glad they are shedding (“Abscissing”, thanks Tralamander for the botanical term) because it means they will be less likely to get damaged under snow, and it’s now only 2 weeks away from when the 1st foot of snow fell last year (I am obsessed about the snow now).

Notable plants flowering still: Cosmos, Bacopa, Lobelia (after been chopped back in September it now has a very impressive 2nd flush of flowers), White Foxglove, Coreopsis, Scabious, Sweet Pea (though letting it go to seed now), Mimulus, Nepeta (but have now brought inside to try and keep it going), various small flowered geraniums, Viola, Dianthus, Chives (surprisingly), Erodium (a new favourite, had flowered for months and is never troubled by pests), Feverfew, Lychnis, Osteospermum, Orange Hawkweed, Silver Ragwort, Mallow, Crocosmia (mostly over though), Lamium and several Roses.

I’m sure there are more, I can’t remember them all, but every one has been a delight so late in the season.

Photos

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Day 186

Osteospermum zanzibar white with ring - (Annual, bring in)

Osteospermum

Flowering

This bulked out mazingly this year. Don’t want winter to kill it but with a broken cold frame it’s at the mercy of the weather.

Day 401

Viola odorata (Sweet violet) - purples

Viola odorata

Flowering

The rain meant I didn’t dead head much but all the different Violas still look pretty good.

Day 163

Lobelia Rose - trailing - annual

Lobelia erinus

Flowering

Revived brilliantly from a late Summer chop back.

Day 179

Mimulus 'White Flame' - Monkey Flower - Musk - annual

Flowering

Surprised they are still going, I suppose the wet summer siuts their moisture needs.

Day 179

Osteospermum - unknown - lift in winter - magenta/lilac shade

Osteospermum

Flowering

Several of the Osteo’s are still flowering.

Day 549

Rudbeckia hirta 'Rustic Dwarf' (Black-eyed susan 'Rustic Dwarf') annual

Rudbeckia hirta

Flowering
Day 218

Scabiosa atropurpurea 'Chat Noir' - Scabious 'Black Cat'

Scabiosa atropurpurea

Flowering

Still flowering really well

Day 549

Rudbeckia hirta 'Rustic Dwarf' (Black-eyed susan 'Rustic Dwarf') annual

Rudbeckia hirta

Flowering
Day 447

Orange hawkweed (Pilosella aurantiacum)

Hieracium aurantiacum

Flowering

late flowers from last years wintersown seed.

Day 975

Veronica spicata 'Red Fox' (Spiked speedwell 'Red Fox' )

Veronica spicata

Flowering

This is actually one from cuttings that I’ve not added yet, it began flowering in Oct when the parent plant had finished.

Day 549

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

Flowering
Day 230

Dark Sweet Pea Mix - Matucana, Lord Nelson, Black Night

Lathyrus odoratus

Flowering

amazed by how much they are still flowering

Day 198

Sedum spectabile (Ice plant)

Sedum spectabile

Flowering

Leaves yellowed and dropped this week but flowers still looking good

Comments

  • orientallily

    orientallily wrote:

    Just look at those little violas. They’re adorable!

    Posted on 15 Nov 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • anelson

    anelson wrote:

    Lots of blooms. Love the veronica and mimulus.

    Posted on 15 Nov 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • CDfolia

    CDfolia wrote:

    The Mimulus has been a massive new treat for me this year. An impulse buy that I had never tried before. Better still, I sowed the seed and it germinated really quickly. They probably won’t survive indoors over winter (when the snow hits I forget about aphid control) but I have a few left to sow in Spring – I hope they come true from seed though variations can be fun as well.

    Posted on 16 Nov 11 (almost 3 years ago)

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