Tuesday, November 8, 2011

November is trying to be enticing

Except for a couple of days on the past weekend, November has been quite a pleasant month weather wise. Daylight savings has come and gone, so apart from being dark at 5 PM , it is nice to have a little more light in the morning. Bright sunshine has been the order of the day for a few days, so we have been stimulated to get at some of the remaining fall jobs.
Stowing all the miscellaneous pots in the "storage ditch" seems to be an annual pursuit. There are always a lot of strays that need to be overwintered below grade. 

Grace and Jodi were very faithful "helpers" during the whole procedure.
The ditch needs to be cleaned out a bit each fall. 
The soil/compost blend is either used to repair a spot or two or sifted back in around the pots. Bill used some today to fill in a few of the tracks made last week by the small excavator installing the new power pole. 

We were also heartened to find the lovely seed pod on our Magnolia tripetala had finally started to burst, indicating some degree of ripeness.

I picked the pod in case critters might take a fancy to it. The seeds have an interesting little attachment to the pod. 

Our walk about saw lots of rather interesting colours today. Our Enkianthus have chosen to turn a beautiful golden colour this year, rather than the red they sometimes do. 

The azaleas are showing quite a lot of red, but perhaps not as vivid as some years. 

This Japanese Maple goes through a number of red shades as the year progresses.

Even the green of the Hellebores is nice in contrast to the fading gold of the hostas nearby. 

There are still lots of golden leaves attached. Some beech trees, no doubt. 

There are lots of fall crocus still popping up. they look quite perky on a sunny day.


Brenda said...

Hi Sharon:
What a lovely stroll through your garden. You do have some interesting colours and foliage around. How can anyone not love Hellebores - such amazing plants. I think a November sun shining on a garden can provide some delicious surprises.

Sharon Bryson / Bill Wilgenhof said...

The Hellebores can be grown from seed. The seed needs to be used fresh...we stratified the seed. Sown warm for awhile, then chilled and then brought into the warmth. This happens naturally in the garden if seeds find a spot to their liking.We have a couple of pots of seedlings that are going to spend their first winter in the cold sun porch.