Garden Views-11-November 2018

November began with a couple of lovely sunny days and hard frosts, before the weather turned and milder wet and windy moved in.

The heavy frosts brought all the flowers which typically last well into the month to an abrupt end – Dahlia merkii, and our much loved and propagated Saxifrage fortunei – no seed will be set on this in 2018.However our many Acers which colour late in the season have once more excelled, and at last after much effort spent in the lower meadow copse this year, parts of it are beginning to hint at their longer term potential – particularly at this late stage of the year. .The very early frosts also meant that we cracked on with the annual autumnal tidy up much earlier than usual. Fiona battled on and finished relaying and edging the central tyre garden path, which will visually tidy up this area, as well as easing annual maintenance.

Most of the tyres managed to get topped up/mulched with lead mould from the compost reactor, and in addition all the inter-tyre spaces with home produced wood chip from earlier in the year, in time for the very first snowdrops, beginning as always with G. reginae-olgae.