JOURNAL November 2017

arum small pond 2

Arum italicum ‘Marmoratum’ in the cat graveyard.

back porch 4

Back porch for the winter.

barrow empty

The Barrow of Thyme, emptied of 38 seedlings, all transplanted to ground two weeks before the first frost.

gladiolus murielae

Gladiolus murielae, the Abyssinians, in their second year. Rabbits cut them to the ground twice last season. This year, I caged the glads until they were two feet tall and got a cat. They didn’t bloom this year but the leaves reached three feet.

nandina miscanthus

Nandina domestica fronting Miscanthus gracillimus, early November.

miscanthus gracillimus behind nandina domestica

Nandina domestica fronting Miscanthus gracillimus, November 30.

ride face west 1

The Ride, facing West.

ride face east

The Ride, facing East.

woodlot 2

Woodlot.

face southeast

Face Southeast.

lonicera major wheeler 1

Berries of ‘Major Wheeler’ honeysuckle, Lonicera sempervirens.

lonicera mackii

Berries of Amur honeysuckle, Lonicera mackii, a Top 5 invasive plant here. Its lovely twice a year, easily pruned, but I never stop fighting it.

itea 1

Itea virginica ‘Spritch’ aka ‘Little Henry, now in it’s fourth year in the Pseudo-Shrubbery, 3′ x 3’. The parchment leaves in the background are a fragrant and variegated Solomon’s Seal, Polygonatum odoratum var. pluriflorum ‘Variegatum.‘ Green Velvet boxwood, upright Yew, Taxus media ‘Hicksii,’ and a deep purple and dwarf Barberry, Berberis concordia, swamped underneath. Most of the big fallen leaves are from the Catalpa.

mailbox beds

Mailbox bed.

hyssop pinus

Hyssop, Pinus mugho, daylilies and fading wormwood, Artemisia ‘Powis Castle.’

pots

Pots now scrubbed and safe from cracking frost in the garage.

maitake

Five pounds of Maitake mushrooms from a foraging friend.

over

Season over.

opuntia noid

Orphaned NOID Opuntia made it through two nights in the teens.

front porch pots 2

Hostas and a juvenile Box on the front porch/

elderberry

Hybrid Elderberry cuttings held leaves far longer than plants propagated from the wild.

bidens

Bidens aristosa cranking among dead neighbors.

sedum heads

Seedheads of Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Joy.’

monty sup?

Monty Don.

gravel bed 3 best

The new gravel bed. For two years, it was cardboard topped with five inches of wood chips. Monty Don used it as a litterbox. I dug down two feet, added a mix of gravel and chipped local limestone, and topped it with three inches of pea gravel and 40# of white river rock. Planted with thyme, irises, miniature roses, tulips and white Asiatic lilies. We’ll see the results next year. The cat doesn’t poop there anymore.

gravel bed 6

Gravel bed facing Northeast.

solanum fruit

miscanthus best

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