End of Month View: November 2012

Yesterday morning, when I left for work, there was a heavy frost and traveling on the train through the Sussex countryside was a joy to behold.  To me one of the most beautiful views is when the trees and fields are coated in a hoar frost.  This morning there was another heavy frost which made an exciting opportunity to photograph the garden for the review of the garden at the end of November, albeit a day late.

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The garden itself is becoming dormant, which is to be expected at this time of the year.  The Sedum is almost over, with the flowers now turning black which makes it now look ugly and untidy.  They did look good though with the contrasting white frost on them.

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However, despite two days of heavy frost the Salvia is still flowering and keeping its vibrant blue.  I have shown this plant in the last few EOMVs, and it always attracts comments; unfortunately I am unable to say what the variety is.  It really is as blue as this and there is no colour editing to make it stronger.

Salvia The leeks are looking good and tasting good too!  I must pull up the Swiss Chard, although I am leaving it for as long as I can because I love the colour.   This weekend I had planned to clear it up and sow some green manure seeds, but as the ground is frozen I am going to have to run the risk of leaving it for a weekend without frost with the hope that I have not left it too late.  Field Beans have been recommended for sowing at this time of year. Something is digging big holes in the vegetable bed so I will have to ensure it is well covered to allow the seeds to germinate.

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All the roses are pruned now to prevent wind rock, and the roses in pots still have their leaves which was lucky this morning as they looked beautifully frosted.

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Moving on to the front garden.  Now all the leaves have fallen from the Lilac I can see what needs to be pruned to get the shape right.  A while ago I  took out lots of the old and dead wood, with the hope that it will flower in abundance next year, because it let me down in 2012.   I have adorned it with bird feeders, and this morning when I sat in the bay window, eating my breakfast, they were visited by lots of little blue tits.

To make up for the lack of berries on the holly in the back garden, the Skimmia and Cotoneaster are adding lots of red colour to the front garden.

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The Hydrangea has been flattened in places, and I am wondering if Mr Fox has been clambering through the shrub, I can’t think of what else could have done the damage.

The tops of the Hydrangea were tipped with frost and I don’t usually see this on the shrub in the front garden, it looked very pretty.

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Finally, as a little bit of cheer, there are some Primroses coming out in a pot which is down the side of the house.   They are a little nibbled around the edges and I am never quite sure what eats them, but they are pretty all the same.

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Thank you Helen at The Patient Gardener’s Weblog for hosting this monthly meme.  If you visit her blog, you will see links to other EOMV from garden bloggers across the country which always make for an interesting read.

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I Must Go Down to the Sea Again

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

“I must go down to the seas again” – John Masefield

The British weather is so unpredictable.  Who would have thought that today was going to be so beautiful.   The Weather Channel said that the high today was 50° F, (10°C), although it certainly felt much warmer than that.   I live within 10 minutes walk of the beach and sometimes weeks go by without me going down there, so in the words of John Masefield this morning I thought “I must go down to the seas again”.

Just the morning for a walk along the sea edge, with my camera.   Come and join me, the sun was warm, there was no breeze. it was so still, the sky was a magnificent blue, and the sea was calm with the sun shimmering, almost blindingly, on it.

Everyone had the same idea this morning.   The World and his wife were out with their dogs, on their bikes or just walking, like me, along the coastal path.  There are two ways to walk along Worthing seafront, right to left along the promenade towards the pier and the town or left to right which is a rough path and you can walk miles this way along the headland.  This is the way we are going.

The path has its good share of strategically placed benches, so if you want to you can take a seat and contemplate life.

It probably will not have gone unnoticed that Worthing beach is shingle.   I saw an old photo of Worthing in Victorian times and the beach was sand then.  Over the years, with sea protection in mind, shingle has been continually added and now creates a very steep drop down to the sea edge.  The tide goes out a very long way, and if you are lucky you can still find small patches of sand.

The other thing that doesn’t go unnoticed when you are walking along the coastline is that we suffer from an abundance of seaweed.  There are times when the smell is overwhelming.  Apart from its smell, I like seaweed, it is so varied in shape and colour.

If you don’t mind making your way over the seaweed, which is sometimes inches deep, we can go down to the water’s edge.  As I said earlier the sea was quite calm today, rolling in gently and soapy, it was as though someone had filled it with washing up liquid.

A little further along the path, beyond the houses, as you look out to your right, you can see the Downs.  I love this part of the walk, the view is great on both sides.

At this point, I turned around and made my way back.  We could go on further along the headland but I will leave that for another day.   A walk such as this on a warm November day makes me remember how very lucky I am to live by the sea.   Below are  a few more of the sea photos I took this morning.  They speak louder than words.

I hope you enjoyed that walk with me.  The weather stayed good all day, which meant I was able to take my Mum out this afternoon.  As she is in a wheelchair we went the other way along the flat promenade towards the town, where we found an ice cream van.  We had a lovely mother and daughter afternoon to be treasured.

All in all, today was a wonderful day!

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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – November 2012

In case you didn’t know, it is 15 November and Garden Bloggers Bloom Day has come around again.  We are fast heading towards the end of the year and if the last few months are anything to go by, the next few will shoot by, then we will be experiencing lighter morning, lighter evenings and longer days – what bliss!  Don’t get me wrong, I am not wishing my life away, I just miss the time at the end of the day after work t0 be in the garden.

I have always tried to take photos on or  very close to the 15th of each month for my GBBD post and commented to someone today that maybe I should give the post a twist this time by taking photos by flashlight.  I was gently reminded by Liz at Gwirrel’s Garden that the blog police won’t come along if I use old photos.  With that in mind, I have gathered some photos of my garden blooms finale taken last weekend.   There is very little left in the bloom category, the asters have gone brown and bedraggled and are not worth taking photos of.  The Sedum, however,  is just still about standing and is a glorious dark magenta.

The Japanese Anemones are over now but are bearing some incredible fluffy seed heads, whilst not garden blooms anymore, these seed head will ensure there will be more next year.

Whilst most of the flowers are over and have turned to seed in an effort to show two fingers to Winter, the Erysimum is beginning to flower and this one is a fabulous russet and purple colour when in fully bloom.

I have a number of Hydrangea around both the front and back garden, and they are now looking very rustic.   Even when dry and brown the Hydrangea can be used for flower arrangements so very  nearly all year round this is a most versatile bloom.

Finally, I make no apologies for including another photo of the Compassion Rose.  I used one for Wordless Wednesday this week.   This most beautiful of perfumed roses will continue to produce buds until the first hard winter frost – so tender looking yet so tough.

Please take a look at all the other Garden Bloggers who have joined in  Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day, please visit Carol at: May Dreams Gardens.

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Ruby Tuesday: Reflecting

One of the things I find exciting about reading other blogs is discovering new memes both gardening and photographic.  It was when I visited Lea’s blog at Lea’s Menagerie that I came across  Ruby Tuesday 2 .   This blog, after a bit of peeling away the layers, is one of many written by seasoned blogger Gemma Wiseman in Australia.

From what I can gather Ruby Tuesday 2 provides you with a prompt and anything goes as long as it is red.  If I am wrong, no doubt someone will correct me.

The prompt today is Reflecting.   It is on this basis that I took at look at the autumnal photos from the weekend.   It had been raining and there was a lot of reflecting of light on the beautiful russets leaves.   I hope this photo does Ruby Tuesday 2 justice and is in keeping with the prompt.

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Autumn Colour Has Reached My Garden: Spirea Japonica

Everything is beginning to turn in the garden now, and I don’t have to travel far from my back door to see magnificent autumnal shades.

My flower borders have a variety of shrubs in them, among which are a selection of Spirea Japonica.   My favourite one has the most beautiful leaves in the Spring from rose shades through to bronze.  It is almost a back to front shrub with the wonderful colours usually associated with Autumn.

Spirea Japonica is easy to grow in most moist soils, it tolerates any position and almost any condition.     It ultimately grows to about a 1 metre in height and width in 5- 10 years.  I regularly cut out the dead stems and shape it early in the Summer.

Now it is Autumn, the leaves are turning yellow, red, dark brown and in some cases look as though they have been charred.  The flower stems have turned black and look striking against the yellowing leaves.

The one that is really standing out at the moment is Sprirea Japonica Magic Carpet ‘Walumba’, so I thought I would share it with you today.

The photos below were taken using a Nikon D3100 DSLR camera with a +2 close-up lens on a tripod.

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