Monday, 30 November 2020

The Delargo Gardens - November

 Here we are again me Dears. November is over, all the leaves have fallen and for the most part swept up and we await the winter to start in earnest.

We have actually had a very mild month and some of the Summer flowers refuse to give up

The dahlias are running out of steam but are still flowering
The fuchsias however just refuse to slow down and are bloomin-tastic.
I am planning an end of year Fuchsia fest so more of them later.
Salvias are keeping on keeping on too.
they just have not stopped.
I think they have been extra fab this year
I am sure they will carry on till we have a proper frost ( which won't be for ages yet, I hope )
Our Cobaea took ages to get going this year
But it is flowering like mad now.
My back passage is still rather lush.
The main garden  before its Autumnal tidy up
and after
Wine time corner
Now me loves, we don't venture up to the top field often but it is now the home for our old bench and it has a patch of soil where last years polyanthus and a host of bulbs just waiting to strut their stuff.
In the meantime our jolly Pelargoniums continue to give a splash of colour and with luck will continue to do so through the Winter
The true winter gems are coming on nicely
almost ready to take centre stage in December.
Subtle they are not !
But I don't care, In the months to come when it's dark damp and grim I Will Need Colour !

 Poster paint Blue, Pink and red ! In Winter and in Spring there is no such thing as a colour clash.

 I hope you have enjoyed your private tour of the Gardens of 'Delargo Towers'. We will have 'Rolls' waiting for you on your next visit. 

I would however like to ask that you refrain from tipping the staff in the interest of harmony on the estate

Till next time then me darlins.





  1. Oh, so true! We need as much colour - whether it's the ever-lovely fuchsias or the gaudy primulas - as possible when we see so little daylight.

    There's far too much "dankness" ahead... Jx

    1. Well, we certainly have our fair share at the moment and should have enough to keep us going till Spring.

      Fingers crossed.

  2. Your Cobaea is gorgeous - I shall have to try one next year (if I remember). Those flowers - especially their sepals - remind me of Audrey II, and I imagine that if Audrey were to burst into bloom, the flowers would look like Cobaea flowers.

    I'm looking forward to the Fuchsia Post already!

    P.S. I spy "the elephant in the room"!

    1. P.P.S. I meant to say - and I know I've said it before - how much I love your befuchsia'd & ferned Back Passage. I loved my own Back Passage when I lived in Norwich, and miss pottering around its tight, jungly confines.

    2. I am so pleased that you dropped in me dear.
      you really should have a go at growing Cobaea from seed next year, every thing about them is other worldly from the seeds and seedlings right through to the plants and the flowers themselves. They are great fun.
      My sister down in Devon grew some last year. they survived the Winter and have taken over her entire boundary fence, an apple tree and several shrubs. She is sending me some of the seeds she has collected. I am sure we will have enough to share if you would like some to go along with the Morning Glory 'Kniolas Black Night' seeds we have promised.

      You do indeed have an eagle eye. I imagine the Elephant in question is the Beaucarnea Recurvata in the kitchen window which can be seen in the photo of my wine time corner. It is also know as Elephant's foot plant. Jon has had it for a great many years and we are very proud of it.

    3. Oh, if you have a few spare seeds that will be lovely! I had a look in the garden centre the other day, but they didn't have Cobaea seeds, and only "Heavenly Blue" Morning Glories (which are rubbish). I'll email you my address, just in case.

      I was looking for a bottle in the "Wine Time" photo and the Elephant's foot blue pot caught my eye!

  3. Good heavens! We have already had two hard frosts in Devon! There are no flowers about. Nothing but muddy greenery that is turning grey - lovely to see your flowers.
    What is this 'elephant'???? Mr Devine has a keen eye.

    1. You may have to cast your mind back to the Garden Photos Event, Ms Scarlet. Particularly to the very post in which Devon Mud featured...

    2. You mean the post where I wasn't given top billing??? Where is the link??? Do I have to do everything myself??? Tut. I guess this means more scrabbling around in the mud...

    3. Thankfully there was Aidan Turner to soothe my fevered brow.
      [Not fevered in the Covid sense]

    4. I'm dreadfully sorry, Ms Scarlet - It was too early in the morning for me to fashion a coherent link (and I'd only had one coffee). I'm glad you managed to find it (and Aidan, to take your mind of the billing issue...).

    5. to take your mind *off*, of course...

    6. My dear Ms Scarlet how lovely to see you.
      I come from Devon and know what it is like and have known it to drizzle for months on end.
      It is so much dryer in the east and we do get a bit of protection from the worst of the frost by the London effect.
      Mr Inexplicable does have a keen eye to spot our Elephant's foot plant through the kitchen window

  4. count yourself lucky to still have such color. I've never seen a garden with such still blooming and with such color in November?!?!?!? Here everything is but gone now, even the final roses that went far late have given up.Cheers to the fuchsias, aren't they the best? This certainly warmed me on the cold morning here. Will this garden eventually sleep?

    1. It has been so mild here Mistress and December is being kind to us so far. The Fuchsias refuse to stop flowering and go to sleep. I am sure however that Winter proper will arrive all to soon.

    2. The joys of the Gulf Stream - bearing in mind that London is further north than Calgary in Canada, and Philly is on the same latitude as Palma in Majorca! Jx