“October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Don’t start growing veggies unless you have time, and know that when you start you will either quit within a season or become addicted adding more every year. I became addicted even though I have had failures every year.
November was a full 3 seasons in one here. We had classic fall weather. A bit dry, a bit wet with only 4 inches of rain. It was cool although the we had a stretch of warm weather in the high 50s and low 60s that allowed me time to do garden chores that had been on hold. A few blooms were back much to my surprise and spring bulb growth was everywhere.
But by Thanksgiving week, we were in a winter pattern that has not lifted with frigid temps and daily snows.
The morning sunrises have been spectacular but most have occurred on my way driving to work on major highways so there was no way to get any pictures. I was able to capture this one golden yellow morning recently.
This is a bit of a joke as in November there is little growing but a scant surprise bloom here or there. But I thought it would be fun to see some of the gardens.
I know it doesn’t look much different, but I assure you I clipped back plants that do not provide seed, and we cleaned up the irises and daylily foliage. It was a bright, warm day mid month as temps reached into the 60s. I had to remind myself it wasn’t spring although it certainly felt like it. I stopped myself a few times from cleaning up more as I would for spring.
Here’s the view from the front door looking down the front walk.
Here’s one of the echinacea left up in the front walk. You can see it still has many seeds that the birds are foraging.
Here is a shimmering seed head of clematis ‘Belle of Woking’. I adore this clematis all year because of her many looks during the seasons.
The back gardens are a great source of joy throughout the seasons. The Summersweet has moved from early November color to its bronzed coloring sporting a white coat.
Fairy roses are forever suspended in their gorgeous antique look.
This Knautia was found still growing in a shady protected area beneath my window in the family room.
Before the snow came, I found this lovely Epimedium growing behind the gazebo. I love the mottled look of its fall coloring.
And the St. John’s Wort I planted a year ago is now sporting its fall colors…it is glorious and was such a surprise in November.
While the garden is asleep, the garlic bed showed lots of new growth. They have grown through a few inches of leaf mulch and now snow.
The sage was still growing beautifully in the front island garden and I cut a bit for Thanksgiving. The leftover sage was planted in my herb pots in the basement.
Here are the herbs I dug up from the garden in October. Some are not hardy and I grow them in pots all year. You can see chives, dill, thyme from cuttings, marjoram, parsley, white sage, rosemary, mint and oregano. I also have basil bouncing back, chervil, cilantro, tarragon that I hope do well. And I will probably grow some from seed during the winter.
The pond has been sleeping under ice and sometimes thawed and full of whip cream like snow. The meadow is dormant and snow covered. The birds are greedily eating whatever they can find there.
The critters have been non-stop especially the birds. The bluebirds continue to visit the garden, and they are defending the new house from other birds and squirrels. Anyone who dares sit on top is promptly kicked off by several bluebirds. I believe the bluebirds are the family that settled in the house and raised a family. That small family of 4 or 5 are seen almost every day.
And the woodpeckers are appreciating the suet feeder along with others.
There were several groups of migrating birds that descended on the garden in November and quite late in November. We saw starlings, red wings and robins. Herons even flew over visiting larger ponds in late November. Juncos and cardinals visit and forage.
The Wide Shot
Xericstyle is hosting this meme the first of every month, and all you have to do is post your favorite wide shot of your garden. I am still watching the view from my bedroom window surveying the entire back garden. Here’s what the end of November looks like.
This is the view from the window when the first snowstorm hit. The snow against the pane left an interesting view.
The whole world was white…. and here is the closer view of the white garden now turning white again.
Gardens Eye Verse
The night time in the garden is brighter now as the snow brightens up all the dark corners. And many nights we watch the deer move from the woods across the road to the woods behind our house. Our property has been a “deer run” for a very long time, and neither our house or fence has impeded these animals from moving along their path.
As I watched one night I was moved to write the poem below. Enjoy!
Night VisitorShe slips out from the shadows into the moonlit fields. Gliding, her tawny hide now black under the blanket of stars, she is mindful of her purpose. Stopping occasionally for a nibble along the fence line, she melts back to the cover at woods edge to safety and rest.
Donna DonabellaI hope you will join in now and tell us all about how you are celebrating the new season especially around this very special solstice Just write a post and leave a comment here with your Seasonal Celebrations link.
Seasonal Celebrations is a time for marking the change of seasons and what is happening in your part of the world during this time. I hope you will join in by creating a post telling us how you celebrate this time of year whether winter or summer or something else. Share your traditions, holidays and celebrations in pictures and words.
And it seems so appropriate to collaborate with Beth and her Lessons Learned meme. What lessons have you learned this past season of autumn here in the North and spring in the South. Then tell us about your wishes, desires and dreams for this new season.
The rules are simple. Just create a post that talks about lessons learned and/or seasonal celebrations. If you are joining in for both memes please leave a comment on both our blog posts. Or if you are choosing to join only one meme, leave a comment on that blog post. Make sure to include a link with your comment.
Beth and I will do a summary post of our respective memes on the solstice (around the 21st of December). And we will keep those posts linked on a page on our blog. Your post should be linked in the weekend before the solstice to give us enough time to include your post in our summary. And if you link in a bit late, never fear we will include it on the special blog page (which I still have to create). The badges here can be used in your post. So won’t you join in the celebration!!
Next up on the blog: Friday brings the next Seasonal Celebrations. And then it is December and another Gardens Eye Journal as we look back at the November garden.
I wrote a guest post over at Vision and Verb. I hope you will visit this wonderful website of women writers.
I am linking in with Michelle@Rambling Woods for her Nature Notes meme. It is a great way to see what is happening in nature around the world every Wednesday.
I hope you will join me for my posts once a month at Beautiful Wildlife Garden. See my next post on the 10th.
As always, I’ll be joining Tootsie Time’s Fertilizer Friday.
I am also joining in I Heart Macro with Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday.
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