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November happenings

Friday 14 November 2008 - Filed under Plants

Some of the trees are naked, but there’s still plenty of garden eye-candy in Mid-November. Either I have done an excellent job of planting more winter interest, or it is not really winter yet (it’s the latter).

I had honestly hoped for more out of my Gunnera this year. I built a bog just for it. And then over-planted that bog full of other things too, but still, I wanted Gunnera leaves taller than me. I would clear out the bog if it wanted to take over. Except for the papyrus. And the rodgersia. And the colocasia. And the astrantia. Maybe I’d build another bog for them. Anyway, what I got was this year was Gunnera leaves up to my knees. Despite the miniature size, the stems are gorgeous.

Gunnera stem

The Crocosmia seed heads have lasted forever, and they just keep looking better.

Crocosmia seed heads

The spines of my Agave havardiana are glowing bright red when the low sun hits it.


Plus, this, my smallest agave, looked like it wasn’t taking off like the rest, but it has a baby!

Agave pup

The new growth on the Rhododendron I thought wasn’t thriving is shapely and sculptural.

Rhododendron makinoi with indumentum on new growth

I was worried my sarcacoca had red berries, not the black berries I had planned on, but it turns out they pass through green and red phases before arriving at black. Not that there’s anything wrong with red berries.

Sarcacoca berries

My tree fern (Dicksonia antarctica) is still putting up new fronds, continuing a great year for growth.

Tree fern new fronds in November

I have a magnolia that has suckered back into a multi stemmed tree after a previous owner cut it to the ground. I never know how long it’s going to survive, but it has fuzzy soft buds forming again this year.

Magnolia buds

My Eriobotrya was just planted this year, and might be too new to flower, but this one is budding out.

Eriobotrya japonica

One of the thousand reasons to be a fan of the evergreen with big rugose evergreen leaves, Eriobotrya stems are covered in soft white fuzz.

Eriobotrya japonica (japanese loquat)

Last and probably least, the Choisya ternata continues to bloom sporadically even this late in the year.

Choisya ternata (mexican orange)

2008-11-14  »  megan

Talkback x 5

  1. Patricia
    14 November 2008 @ 10:06 am

    Lovely, all of it.

  2. philip
    14 November 2008 @ 12:37 pm

    How fun, a bog!
    I have always loved the plants you mentioned…gunnera and papyrus.
    Does Choisya ternata have a fragrance? beautiful flower.
    Best regards,

  3. Karen
    14 November 2008 @ 2:32 pm

    The only gunneras I know that are huge are in really super wet spaces – is your home-made bog fed by groundwater or do you have to remember to bring the hose over? Spiky stems, even more dinosaur-like than the leaves! Good job with the winter interest, your garden is going to look great when a lot of others are pooped out.

  4. Mother Nature's Garden
    16 November 2008 @ 10:15 am

    Your photography is splendid.

  5. megan
    18 November 2008 @ 9:50 pm

    Patricia – why thank you
    Philip – it does have a fragrance, it’s supposed to be orange-like, but to tell you the truth, I find it a little like cat pea
    Karen – I have to water it by hose, but I’ve been good, or at least okay about it. I think I would have been better off NOT poking holes in the bottom of the liner
    Mother Nature’s Garden – thank you for the compliment!