Autumn leaves in the sun

Our garden: November 2013 (2)

Front garden
Our front garden

This is our front garden. It’s quite small but at the same time there’s good proportion of growing space. Scott suggested digging up the grass (it’s patchy and full of weeds) and planting a mini wild flower meadow. A great idea! Our vision is that in a few months time we have a cottage garden full of wild flowers.

At the weekend we trimmed back our diseased crab apple tree and thought we might as well dig up the grass at the same time. We’d planned to put lots of Spring bulbs in so it made sense to get the grass up before we planted the bulbs. It’s better to get all of the destruction out of the way in one go right? The patch is now covered with leaves and doesn’t look too bare. It won’t be too long before the flowers appear.

A ring of daffodils will spring up around the base of the tree in late February. I ordered some bluebell bulbs which I’ve planted in a scatter arrangement around and under the tree. Bluebells are found growing under trees and the bees love them so it seemed like a good fit for the garden.

Box of bluebell bulbs
Bluebell bulbs

3 new lavender bushes arrived this morning. The lavender we currently have is old and woody. It looks like it was planted and not pruned for years because it’s all stalk and no greenery. I trimmed the bushes back when we moved in but we’ve decided to replace them with young fragrant plants.

Young Lavender Vera plants

For now, the existing lavender plants are part of a dead wood pile for the wildlife. I got the idea from the RSPB’s Give Nature a Home Guide (PDF is on the right). It’s well worth a look if you are wanting to make your garden more wildlife friendly.

The house next to us had been empty for a while so the garden was looking quite overgrown. Last Saturday someone came to jazz it up. They dug up the grass and replaced it with shingle. The turf was going to end up at the tip so I asked if I could have some for our raised beds. The man doing it said yes and was even kind enough to wheelbarrow it round for me. The plan is to cover the turf with compost bags and let it rot down. Then we’ll put compost on top and it’ll be ready for planting our veggies next year.

Overturned turf on flower bed
Free turf!

They were also getting rid of these terracotta pots so we asked if we could have them. The pots are really thick and the fact they are already weathered makes them even nicer.

New terracotta pots

I spotted this lace like leaf on my hydrangea. I read that it’s best to leave the dead heads on until the Spring to protect the flower buds already grown for next year. So that’s what I’m doing. I was tempted to pick a few to put in the house but I’ll have more flowers next year if I don’t.

Lacy hydrangea petal

This lovely moss was growing on a wall in my village. This shade of green is one of my favourite colours – I once bought sock yarn just because it had this moss green in it!


There are still a few green leaves about.

Autumn leaves in the sun

But most are starting to turn now it’s almost December. The sunny, cold days have made me happy. Finally the Autumn weather I’ve been waiting for.

Autumn leaves in the sun

The view over this garden wall along the lanes has changed a fair amount since the beginning of November. It’s more colourful but looking a bit bare in places.

Country view over garden wall

17 comments on “Our garden: November 2013 (2)

  1. Beautiful lacey Hydrangea! How delicate. Loving those terracotta pots, I can just image them all planted up.
    I may have to take your lead and get some more lavender plants as we’ve had ours for 6 years now and they are very woody indeed, despite my harsh pruning down every year.

    I’ve not seen bluebell bulb before -aren’t they sweet? I look forward to seeing your wildflowers pop up!

    Thanks ever so much for joining in again moss-loving-buddy x

    • Thanks Annie! The bluebell bulbs were dinky, much smaller than I thought they’d be. Apparently they multiply so we could have quite a few next year. Now I just need to work out what to put in the big terracotta pots…

  2. you have been busy! lots to do still but so much to look forward to. beautiful shots of the leaves and that view is gorgeous!

    • Thanks Claudia. We are slowly getting there, looking forward to Spring whilst trying not to wish Autumn away 🙂

  3. Oh you have been busy Gemma, I bet it will look fantastic in spring when those bulbs and the lavender take hold. I love the view over your garden wall, I bet you stop and look at that a lot x

    • I wish that was the view over my garden wall. It’s actually one the houses along the lanes behind our house 🙂

  4. Truly stunning pics and I love all your garden plans. It’s coming together beautifully and nothing quite as nice as the excitement of putting in new plants 🙂 xx

    • Yes! I just have to remember not to get carried away with ordering new plants as Winter is on it’s way.

  5. I love hearing all your plans! The idea of a wild flower meadow is just lovely! I would love one of those 🙂 And, the view over your garden wall really is beautiful.

    • Thanks Sarah, I’m hoping the birds don’t eat all the seeds and we get lots of flowers.

  6. Absolutely gorgeous. I’m looking forward to seeing the wildflower garden. How lovely it will be to brush past the flowers and the bees along the path!

  7. I really like the idea of digging up the grass and putting in flowers instead! Then you won’t have to mow it 🙂
    The view over the garden wall is so pretty too.

  8. Loved hearing of your plans and aren’t the bluebell bulbs sweet in that little box, almost like confectionery. Gorgeous autumn view and really love your delicate pictures.

  9. This spring bulbs will look fabulous when they come up, lovely idea! I am waiting on some Allium bulbs being delivered, they are one of my favourite spring bulbs. Fab terracotta pots too, that’s quite a result 😉 love the view from your garden it looks amazing x

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