November

The star of the garden at the moment is Cortaderia selloana ‘Pumila’. It is highlighted against the yew hedge. Near it is Miscanthus sinensis ‘Nippon’, which is about Polly’s shoulder height, and looks like pink sheaves of silk. Down the bottom of the garden are the two resplendent Sorbus ‘Joseph Rock’, the leaves of which are red with the orange yellow berries. We have taken out the Corylus contorta, finally deciding that it was ugly and the box near the kitchen door has gone as it had box disease. We have replaced it with Epimedium x warleyense. The small stepping stones crossing the borders near the house have been thrown into prominence and look very purposeful, because if you step on them there are tiny self seeded cyclamen in between which usually have a very good leaf. We are beginning to cut all the leaves off the hellebores which are starting to push up new ones. Next year there will be the excitement of all the new hellebores that we bought from Ashwood Nursery, after throwing out our mediocre ones. We bought 2 year old hellebores which are a lot cheaper and will flower next year. The garden has a beauty all of its own at the moment, several shades of green, white, and yellow. Nothing is distracting the eye, except maybe the berries on the Malus hupehensis. Already the sun has gone from the main lawn and Polly still has the big yew hedge to clip, and the tulip bulbs to plant. She has already ordered a new hedge trimmer having blown up the old one. Amazingly she knew exactly what she wanted.
We are still in a muddle with the Burgundy Border as all the Miscanthus sinensis ‘Malepartus’ grew to about half the height that they should have. I have given them all away to my girl friends. It was the fault of an enormous ash tree next to the greenhouse, taking up all the moisture from the ground. We hope that we will succeed with two Euphorbia cornigera and Pennisetum macrourum while the poor Miscanthus ‘Cabaret’ is on its third move. This is our smallest border and we cannot get it right. Now it is what I hate – an island bed! It is funny each year you hope for the best, and persuade yourself that you have succeeded! Hemerocallis ‘Janice Brown’ has packed her suitcase yet again and ended up in the Klimt border. I am reluctant to say goodbye to her, as she is an unusual peach colour and a good shape. Many hemerocallis are bred from her in the States.
Polly nearly bust a gut digging out two molinias, and Neil did three with a digger. We have moved Delphinium ‘Rosemary Brock’ that did not flower in the main border to the Klimt border, and it has instantly put up some new leaves.
I have enjoyed writing this blog about all our failures more than most! If I remember I will let you know if they have succeeded next year.

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