There are lots of reasons for garden-lovers to love November.
Autumn colour and the last of the dahlias
Some trees still have their leaves
Flower arrangements with hydrangeas. Cut them from the garden, and they’ll gradually dry in the vase. I find they last all winter, and are fine with different fresh flowers.
There’s an excuse for lighting candles
Vibrant orange and red. You can buy gourds for decoration and there are still dahlias and chrysanthemums in the garden (until the first frosts)
Making crab apple jelly – crab apples remain on the trees later than ordinary apples. Leave some for the birds
You don’t have to mow the lawn for at least another four months! Mr Middlesize is very happy about that.
You can start thinking about pretty things to buy people for Christmas, like this plant stand from Miafleur. They have delightful vintage and French-style garden accessories. This particular stand may not still be available but it gives a flavour of what they stock.
It’s time to snip the berries you need for Christmas off the holly bush and freeze them. By December, they’ll have mainly gone to the birds. But don’t take more than you need – some mistle thrush has been looking after the bush all summer and needs the berries for his winter food.
Planning your next year’s garden – here is Fergus Garrett’s garden plan for Great Dixter. He divides jobs into ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ and colour coding them so everyone knows what to do. The main panic in November is protecting plants from frost, but when things are quiet, the team get on with clipping hedges, which can be done any time between August and December.
Planting tulips. You can plant all through November – still plenty of time!
It’s time to light the fire…
And you can relax on the sofa without feeling guilty! Mr Middlesize and Benji enjoy a winter nap.
Once I started thinking about the best things about this time of year, I almost couldn’t stop – this was supposed to be a ‘top 10’. Let me know what you enjoy about the season, and do share this using the buttons below. Thank you.
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