The garden in November
The last flower of the Crocosmia shining like
a little lantern hanging over the Marigolds
Nasturtiums glowing hot in the odd moment of
sunshine (still hanging on as we have not had a frost yet)
An early flowering Hellebore
that I grew from seed a couple of years ago
I found this last Hydrangea flower in my friend Janets' garden
and the Primulas have been flowering on and off all year
Mahonia in Janets garden
The school playing field, no longer in use as the school has closed down,
will be reverting back to pasture for grazing cows.
Now the garden is almost laid bare in readiness for winter it is easier
to see what needs to be remedied for next year.
Every year my aim to to make the garden more as Nature intended
and less 'man made'.
To this end I must try to combine plants in an informal and beneficial way
keeping it as loose as possible, inviting wildlife in to a mixture of
habitats, with light and shady areas, and try to create a natural balance.
A lot of this thinking goes against the grain for a gardener,
trying only to interfere with the natural process when necessary,
rather than imposing your will on the garden.
A lot more research and reading needs to be done over the winter,
a task which will keep me occupied during the long dark days.