November Notebook

Garden tasks for November:

  • Wrap up warm and begin cutting back yellowing herbaceous perennials – Hostas in particular lose their shape and form quickly
  • Lift and store Dahlia tubers -trim stems to about 15 centimetres, air dry, crate up in thin compost or dry sand and keep frost free until spring
  • There’s more to winter bedding than Pansies and Polyanthus! – Try Cyclamen for a gentle flowering display, Heuchera for a splash of colour, or grasses such as Carex for texture and movement
  • Save yourself some stress; drain and lag outdoor pipes and taps before the first big freeze
  • The impeding glut of sprouts might keep you going (or not) throughout the winter months but common garden birds will be struggling for food – keep them happy with a regular supply of high fat foods

A Second Spring #2

In last month’s A Second Spring we revelled in the season where every leaf is a flower…


Looking good this month:


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4 thoughts on “November Notebook

  1. It’s been very mild in Lancashire this weekend too. We have been gardening in T shirts which is unheard of for us in November. I agree with you about Hostas – they just go limp overnight don’t they? I think I will pot a few of mine up into big pots ready for next year then I can just whisk them away out of sight as soon as they start to annoy me!


  2. Hello from an “English Style” garden in the Blue Mountains of NSW Australia. Our garden dates from 1927 and while nowhere near as extensive as yours does share lots of the same plantings from all over the world. We are in late spring here, the bluebells are finished, the Linden is in full leaf and about to flower, ready for our first November wedding. Keep up the great photography.


    1. Happy to welcome you Liz. Look forward to sharing lots of tips and photographs. Keep an eye out for pictures of our Australasian border.


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