November, like March, can go either way: crisp, clean, cool, snow gradually accumulating and staying, or temperatures up and down, killing off plants, snow coming and melting, creating mud and muck and general misery. This year it’s been leaning towards the latter. We had a nice dump of snow on the 11th, then it was quite cold, and now for the past week it’s been above freezing, melting the snow and leaving autumn debris strewn around. Oh well; as they say, First World Problems! Here are six things in my garden this week that demonstrate this November weather cycle. To see loads more, feel free to visit The Propagator‘s site.
#1 – Ornamental Grass. This clump has been slowly enlarging over the years. I didn’t think it was looking too great this year, for some reason, but maybe I was being overly critical because looking at these photos it’s not all that bad eh?
#2 – Winter is made more bearable because, with leaves fallen, I can spot unusual or architectural shapes amongst tree trunks and branches. One of my favourite trees to see in winter grows along the west fence line; when spotted from a particular angle, this is what you see:
#3 – Other things easier to spot in winter are mosses and lichens, like this fungi growing on a stump:
#4 – Also tree related in my garden is this white spruce – its top so heavily laden with cones this year. I wonder if that means something?
#5 – As the snow melted I spotted next year’s garlic crop, already sprouted, roots, hopefully, well established already.
#6 – Finally, this rhubarb, looking kinda pretty a few weeks ago as it began its slow descent to mushdom, now looks just sad. Very sad,,,