It is an absolutely glorious day in the mountains - the kind of day that just makes you feel lucky to be alive. I stepped out onto my deck this morning to feed the birds and had to run right back inside for the camera!
It's about 65 degrees out today and the sun is shining through the bare trees and it's hard to believe that not long ago we had snow! No doubt there's a lot more snow to come but for now I'll just enjoy the November Garden.
The Violas I put in back in April are still going strong! They faded a bit in the hot summer sun but once the weather cooled they kicked into high gear. They have survived 4 frosts so far and are still glorious.
I wish I had a place to keep them alive over the winter....I might try bringing them into the unheated garage and see if they make it through to the spring.
The mums that hadn't bloomed by the time we got the first hard frost survived and are blooming beautifully now.
The Weeping Willow at the top of the driveway is beautiful at all times of the year - this morning the sun was shining through it and the whole thing was aglow.
I don't know what this is growing along the edge of the property but it sure looks pretty in November with that gorgeous red foliage.
The garlic I planted right before the frost is growing....gulp! I don't know what will happen in the spring - this has never happened before when I planted garlic in October. Fingers crossed it survives and grows into nice big heads of garlic.
I had found a packet of old Mesclun seeds when I was doing my fall cleanup in the veggie garden and decided to toss them in to see what happens. Looks like a couple took! We might get a winter salad after all.
The foliage on the Blueberry Bush is lovely. I think I might need a second bush in order to get fruit but I'm not certain. I didn't get any berries this year but it barely survived last winter in a pot - I had to cut it back so drastically when I moved here in the spring. I wasn't really expecting any berries after all that trauma.
One of the climbing roses I put in over the summer is still trying to bud - the frost got the last bud, let's see what happens with this one. Look at that beautiful foliage with the pink edges - simply gorgeous!
More happy little Violas from the spring planting.
The Creeping Jenny is still going strong and look at how the leaves are turning pink! This stuff is my favorite "trailer" in mixed planters as it comes back every year. Saves a little money at the nursery int the spring! Plus I love the chartreuse foliage against the bright colors of the flowers.
The Pansies in the whiskey barrels are still doing beautifully, although the geraniums didn't survive the first frost. The Pansies were also from the early spring planting, along with the Violas. It's weird the way the mountain top is totally different for gardening than down in the valley - I'm getting used to it, though. In my house in the valley the pansies and violas would fizzle out in the summer and that was the end of them. Here on the mountain they just seem to rest in the summer and then come back with a vengeance!
One of the two Sand Cherries I put in by my garden cottage when we prettied up the exterior. The other Sand Cherry is already bare of leaves. Weird!
The view looking back to the house from the garden cottage. So beautiful! The shrubs around the house are all evergreen and the lawn was mowed for the last time this season yesterday, mulching all the leaves into the lawn to feed the grass for the spring. I don't have time to rake and mulching the leaves in the fall just makes a ton more sense to me.
The puppies were out with me, sniffing all around the property....they probably smelled Mr. Bear. They love going with me on a walkabout - they do their own little sniffabout!
I just put in two of these beautiful Sunjoy Tangelo Barberries at the edge of the property, in between three Lemon Candy Nine Bark - I can't wait to see how gorgeous they will look together as they get bigger - the contrast in foliage should be lovely!
The hydrangeas have dried on the bush - I don't know whether to leave them or cut them back. They look kind of cool right now so I'll just leave them be for the moment.
The last of the Achillea blooming - it put on quite the show around here this year.
I hope you enjoyed this little walk around my November garden - I'm already looking forward to spring and hoping that the critters didn't eat ALL of the 240 bulbs I put in right before the frost! I know they got some of them but perhaps they were kind enough to leave some for me?