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She never ceases to amaze!!!

14 November 2017 07:41:42

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I'm talking of course about Mother Nature..........

Just when you think you've seen it all, something else to astound you. I'm constantly in awe of what lives and survives in my garden. I'm not an expert, I get by with a bit of weeding here, mulching there and the odd prayer that it will survive. But I don't go with the rules, well I'm not too sure of them if I'm really honest, but I plod along and see what happens. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't, but when I weigh it all up, it seems it works better than I thought. 

Here we are in the middle of November...WINTER....I believe and still there are some gems from the Summer 

Campanuala 'Elizabeth' which I bought in Bloom this year is not going anywhere just yet. This is her third time to reappear this year!! 

This Salvia 'Neon' has been flowering away since I got it last year in B&Q. I planted it up in early Summer. I never took it in in the Winter and it's still flowering. 

Lavetera 'Barnsley' another one that just keeps giving. It's been chopped back here and there as it was getting a bit unruly but still producing flowers. 

So much still going on and all to do with the beauty of nature!!

Amazing this gardening lark!! 

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Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 14 November 2017 09:27:55

Three Beautiful plants,Jackie. Your garden must be so sheltered for plants to be looking so good at this time of year. I love the Salvia, gorgeous candy pink colour. If I grew a Mallow here in my garden it would be blown down at this stage  of the year. 

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 14 November 2017 16:33:14

I agree. Apart from the garden I know that whenever i am out walking Meg  it is seldom i don't see something amazing. Could be Mr and Mrs Swan with her 8 kids who are nearly teenagers now, the seal bobbing around in the bay, the hooded crows dropping the periwinkles to crack the shell and so on. That Lady can turn up trumps though not forgetting she can have a very bad temper too at times.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 14 November 2017 16:49:34

Such beauties for November! My campanula Elizabeth stopped flowering in October but I have several salvias still flowering away!

JoanG JoanG 14 November 2017 22:16:07

Three beauties there Jackie and you are so right.  I reckon we have the best of both worlds in our gardening climate in this country.  In a mild autumn/winter, many plants can surprise us by how long they hold on or by putting out surprise new blooms; yet we do have proper seasons compared to warmer countries and can enjoy each for what it offers. 


Jackie Jackie 14 November 2017 22:45:15

Thank you ladies. 

Mary I wouldn’t say it’s that sheltered , not when the wind is howling through. But I do seem to have plants that last for ages. Even today I noticed buds appearing again on some Californian Mallow that I grew from seed last year. Andmy Cismos are still flowering g away albeit with fewer flowers now. 

Elizabeth that sounds like an idyllic walk with Meg.

Hazel I love Salvia and like you still flowering away. Plus lots of babies as they propagate so easily.

 Joan we complain about our weather on a daily basis but I would take this any day over some of the catastrophies  you read about in other countries. We really are blessed 


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