|The espalier apple trees are fixed for the long winter ahead with their fruit removed for the season. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, November marks a transitional time in the garden between outdoor chores, and greenhouse play.|
I love November. Really, I do. It means that winter is coming. In may ways, I am a neophyte (but who likes to ski). This is the time of year when gardening chores slow down, become more focused (since they are limited to my greenhouse projects which I enjoy more),a nd in other ways, they just become more cerebral – time to read, think, plan and dream.
These gray, autumnal days, albeit shorter than summer, are hardly what William Cullen Bryant calls “the saddest of the year”.
I would think that distinction might go to March.
The great poets seemed to appreciate little about November. I can’t find many positive stanza’s or even phrases which don’t include the words ‘dreary’ , ‘dull’ or ‘bleak’.
(Robert Frost goes further to describe it as “sodden”, whilst (yes, I said whilst) Sir Walter Scott penned out – “November’s sky is chill and drear…”, but dear Emily Dickinsen went further with:
“November always seemed to me the Norway of the year.”
There has to be a story behind that….. because I love Norway, as well.
|In the vegetable garden, the beds are cleaned up, with only hardy herbs left out along with a few carrots.|
|It’s all happening in the greenhouse, right now. Chrysanthemums, the first of the cymbidium orchids and lots of South African bulbs.|
|Speaking of South African Bulbs – The Nerine sarniensis varieties are in full bloom, and rather spectacular.|
|Also known as Guersey Lilies, Nerine sarniensis are rarely seen today outside of a few collectors and private collections.|
|My collection of about 100 bulbs has about a third of them blooming every year, they are a bit shy. Many of these varieties date back to the early 20th Century, and all hail from the UK, mostly the Exbury hybrids.|
|Outside, the gardens are cleaned and spotless because of a photoshoot last week. Even the boxwoods have bee sheered. I know, I could have centered the strawberry pot better!|