Very, very mild weather this November. I think we’ve only had a couple of grass frosts in Coolwater Garden.
Lovely to see Echeveria “Cana” in the Xeric Bed flowering in the Autumn. The photograph doesn’t capture the intensity of the red.
Also this newish Musa basjoo unfurled a complete new leaf this month! Picture shows it before unfurling.
The picture below is of one one of our Newt Hotels, although I’ve no idea if the correct guests are actually in residence. We see loads of newts in the water in the ponds in the Spring but when they go out onto the land at the end of May, nary a sign of them. Then the following Spring, they all pile back into the water again.
Autumn is our time for spreading manure that we get from an organic beef farm. Because it has been “steamed” in an enormous, volcano shaped pile for months in a cattle shed, there’s never a weed in it.
Taking a Yucca filamentosa out of a large concrete pot, the pot disintegrated so we’ve turned upside down and made a little alpine plants feature out of it. We obey the saying, “Always make use of what’s to hand”. Don’t worry about the soil residue: the rain’ll take care of that.