Tuesday, 15 November 2011

November flowers

 I'm early with my monthly flowers post, because I thought this time I'd sync it with Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. If you are curious to see what is flowering in gardens around the world, pop along to the post and take a look!

My garden is spilling over with lovely frothy blooms this month. I need to cut some back a bit, especially the borage which has turned into a big floppy monster, but the bees love it so much that I might leave it another week or two.

So far the only one of my new roses to make much of an effort is Sexy Rexy (left). This bud is very small, but at least it's there! The rose on the right is one that was already in the garden when we bought the house. I don't know the name of it, although it looks a bit like a peace rose (yellow petals edged with pink).

Outside the back door and it's a colourful clashing jungle. You'd never know this area was swamped with liquefaction for the second time just five months ago.

This is one of my favourite little groupings on my new patio. The heliotrope at the back in the blue pot smells just gorgeous. In the front three pots from left to right are pulsatilla, paper daisies and chocolate cosmos mixed with tiny violas.

And here's the pencil conifer, with a funny little petunia blooming in the front. I'm expecting to get my money's worth from the petunias again this year, they are such great little performers.

You might think this stylish beauty belongs to a clematis or other exotic climber, but actually it's my boysenberry vine. It's completely covered, so all going well there will be plenty of berries for the Christmas trifle!


  1. What a fabulous selection of blooms to show this GBB day. I'm amazed to see flowers blooming where the liquefaction totally covered the area. How wonderful to see those pretty little faces doing so well in that spot. Loved the boysenberry vine flowers!

  2. How are you coping in Christchurch? You have been thru a very rough time. I read that the city as people remember it, is quite changed. Also read about new plans for a garden city as you rebuild.

    (Found you thru the down South comment at May Blooms)

  3. Your garden puts mine to shame! It's beautiful.

  4. I love your "clashing jungle", its lovely and bright. The roses are gorgeous too, that yellow is a stunner!
    Happy GBBD :)

  5. Hi I found you through GBBD. Your boysenberry flower is lovely - I also enjoyed looking through your other photos and love your potager.

  6. Wow! Sexy Rexy is showing out! Happy GBBD!

  7. Bernie - yes, the liquefaction made the drainage quite poor in that area, so it really is amazing they are still growing!

    Elephant's Eye - so much has changed around here! I take comfort from my garden and just being in it. I really hope we end up with a beautiful garden city again, in the meantime it's becoming a bit of a wasteland.

    Gwen - thanks so much, but that's only because I don't show the untidy bits :)

    Christine - yes I love that yellow rose, wish I knew the name of it!

    Africanaussie - thanks for stopping by! Don't you love it when a plant can be beautiful as well as edible.

    Redneckrosarian - yep, and I hope she gets the rest of her gear out soon!

  8. I love that little pot grouping too. I've only just cottoned on to having pots as a way to cheer up strategic spots and give a plant some deserved limelight. Your garden is full of good focal points.

  9. Dear Ruth, How lovely to have so many blooms and so much color in November. This is one of the joys of blogging -- it's always spring or summer somewhere. Boysenberry trifle sounds delicious. I put raspberries in my Christmas trifle. P. x



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