Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The November Garden

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?


19 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures, mom. I see my puppy butts! =o

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  2. Going back for the camera: spoken like a true blogger!
    Brenda

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    1. Awwww you say the sweetest things, Brenda!! I couldn't help it - the morning was just too glorious!

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  3. i just love your home!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away
    www.askawayblog.com

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  4. We were just noticing and enjoying the sudden change and burst of color around here. I know that before long, the leaves will fall and we will be looking at bare sticks for several very long months. Blah. Thanks for sharing your colors!

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    1. We are mostly bare sticks around here already, Kim - November is definitely not our most beautiful month on the mountain top although each month has its own beauty to be found. April is the other rough month - we call it mud season because all the snow is melting off the slopes and running down the hill into town. Enjoy your foliage while it lasts!! It's so fleeting, isn't it?

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  5. I believe the red foliage is blackberry. The thorns and leaves look right and the cane is heavy enough to be blackberry. If so, that's a nice find!

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    1. Oh, that's exciting, Robin! I knew I had some berry brambles around the property - I actually got to eat a handful or so before the critters got to them this summer! I did not realize there were berry brambles over on that side as well....let's hope I remember that in the spring when it's time to trim back the weeds around the perimeter! Thanks for visiting, Robin!

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  6. It all look's very beautiful. We still have a few leave's hanging on. It was 72 degrees here in Ohio ystrdy. My new pup Yogi (white Pom) is 9 months old and loves to put his head out the window. He get's a lot of attention. Btw, your yarrow/achillea is actually tansy. I've raised herb's and everlasting's for 30 years to dry and make wreath's and arrgs. They're the exact same color but tansy has the button head's. Ok , I'm Miss Know it All. Lol It will be beautiful in the spring to see what comes up and back !!! I'm sure I saw a squirrel munching at the same place I just planted crocus bulb's :((( Take care hon, TT

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    1. Tansy? Wow, that's awesome, thanks, Tammy!! Question on that - should I keep it cut back throughout the season like with mums? So it doesn't get too tall?? It is so lovely but it was out of control this year. However, since it was my first year with my new garden I had to let everything just go to see what was there. Oh and your pom - OMG!!! I had a pom, he was such a little punk but I loved him dearly. He looked like a red fox. I think if I saw your pup I would probably try to squish it and eat it....in a good way, of course!! :) Love poms!!!!

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  7. I enjoyed the walk :) You still have violas ...that's amazing! :)
    I cut my hydrangea back last year because it was getting so big. Then it doubled in size with all the rain , lol...so I'll be cutting again.

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  8. I enjoyed the walk :) You still have violas ...that's amazing! :)
    I cut my hydrangea back last year because it was getting so big. Then it doubled in size with all the rain , lol...so I'll be cutting again.

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    1. I know!! I thought that first hard frost and snow was going to be the absolute end of everything!! Meanwhile, today it was 65 and humid when I was leaving for work - such bizarre weather!

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  9. You've got a lot of color going on there considering it's November :)
    These violas sure are strong -4 frosts, wow! Mine were always dead middle July,when slugs got hungry haha :-O) It looks like mountain top gardening has a lot of perks :)

    Hugs,
    Mila

    http://milaslittlethings.com/

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    1. Hi Mila - thanks for stopping by!! Yes, the mountain top has many perks - but of course there are a few challenges as well, just like anywhere else I suppose. Always pluses and minuses, right?

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  10. You have a beautiful spot Debbie! Obviously I'm playing catch up today and wow lady, you're prolific with this blogging thing! You're putting me to shame lol.

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    1. Ha ha I'm trying, Doreen!! I think I have a lot I want to say since I'm so new at this blogging thing! I look at everything differently now - in the form of a blog post! My sweetie laughs when I'm putting dinner on the table and I won't let anyone touch it until I take photos - :)

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