What Looks Good Now-End Of November

In this lull between the storms of holiday hullabaloo, moments snatched to peruse the garden help bring peace and tranquility to the list making madness.
Above: Muhlenbergia capillaris, the pink muhly grass catches the sunlight as it peeks through the cloud cover.

Warmer temps have kept the garden more alive than usual.
Above: More pink muhly grass, this growing at the top of the steep slope in front of the knot garden.

While I have been called *easily annoyed* by some, I am also easily pleased by the fading faireness of the garden. The yin and the yang, eh?
Above: Spiraea japonica (x bumalda) ‘Magic Carpet’ holding onto its leaves until the last possible moment.

Many years of planting for winter interest and beauty in every season are paying dividends now.
Above: Acorus gramineus ‘Ogon’ and Imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’ with creeping thyme in the gravel garden.

The lack of leaves in some corners lets the hidden secrets shine.
Above: Mosses have colonized the old cement blocks that were unearthed and repurposed as garden bed edging in the Ferngully garden.

New plants are living up to expectations.
Above: Libertia ixioides ‘Taupo Blaze’, brought back on the airplane from Seattle this summer seems happy in the gravel garden with iris and red mustard, so far.

There is still plenty to be glad about in the garden…
Above: The fountain of fabulousness that is Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’.

…It feeds one’s soul as the gears shift to the low chugging along of winter.
Above: Under the arbor Lunaria annua seedlings as thick as grass, carpet the pine straw beneath the wire bench.


There is so much that looks good now, a second post was written to share it before November runs out of days.

November Ends On A High Note-What Looks Good Now


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15 Responses to What Looks Good Now-End Of November

  1. Looks like the temperate weather has done well for your garden. I really like the moss. It is nice to see a bit of green with all the autumn colors.

    Thanks Karin. The weather is so changeable here with the ups and downs. The garden does appreciate the ups and the rainfall. Moss grows on every surface on our north facing slope. We love it too.

  2. Sandy Bridenbaugh says:

    Your garden is still beautiful. Love the look of that peaceful bench waiting for the pine needles to fall. Love waking up to your garden. Thank you.

    Thanks Sandy. It has been eleven years in the making, to have the garden be beautiful, to me, every single day of the year. We are getting there. I so appreciate your kind words.

  3. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    There is a lot still happening in your garden Frances. Everything here is asleep after being frozen several times. That yucca is such a happy bright spot in the gloom of November.

    Thanks Lisa. The garden here never really goes to sleep, although some parts will take a nap. That Yucca is the best!

  4. Gail says:

    Frances, It does look beautiful in your late November garden…The Muhly is still stunning and the lunaria will look fantastic in bloom near your blue bench! I do like spirea ‘Magic carpet’. xxoogail

    Thanks Gail. The muhly is having a grand year, as are many things with all this rainfall and milder temperatures. There will be a sea of money plants under the arbor

  5. Mary Silvia says:

    Good morning Frances – thank you for the lovely thoughts for today. Yesterday, being exceptionally warm in New England, we walked thru the scrub pine and oak forest along the bike path in Cape Cod. The scent of that woodland brings back memories of childhood summers.

    Good morning Mary, thanks for visiting. Your warm weather walk through the woods sounds delightful.

  6. Rose says:

    Good to see the pink Muhly still glowing in the November light. But I’m also glad to see your ‘Magic Carpet’ spirea–mine is still holding onto its colorful leaves as well. It’s been a pleasant surprise this fall.

    Thanks Rose. The muhly reigns supreme still, it’s true. The rain is to its liking, it seems. I am so glad you are enjoying Magic Carpet. It is a solid performer for nearly all the year, holding leaves well into fall/winter and leafing out early in late winter/spring.

  7. Kathleen says:

    I have been trying to plant for winter too Frances. But we get those brutal early frosts (low teens) in early Oct and everything turns instantly brown. Not sure how to get around that except evergreens. Will keep thinking. LOVE all the color still in your garden. Makes every season beautiful, for sure.

    Thanks Kathleen. In your climate, I would imagine that evergreen conifers would do great. If you can vary the color, size and shape, throw in some hardy grasses that stand up well in the snow, it would be quite lovely.

  8. So beautiful, Frances. So, just how low did you have to go for the moss photo? lol

    Thanks Helen. Pretty dadburn low, is the answer! HA

  9. Your Muhly just doesn’t quit does it?! I’m hoping that in a few years our own efforts to bring a little more color to the gardens in fall will pay off. Your Spirea looks gorgeous ablaze in its Autumn glory, and I love the red of the Imperata too! Here we’re surrounded by a LOT of green.

    Thanks, CV. The muhly has a long period of pretty, usually into January when it finally collapses. Even without the pink color, the form and movement is attractive. It does take years of conscious effort to get the other colors beyond green into the cool seasons. The Magic Carpet and blood grass are excellent in that department, even if they do go dormant for a few months.

  10. I’d be doing good to get that amount of color into the first week of November. I’m watching though. Sedges, rush, and some ferns are still quite green even now. I can use more of them to extend the season.

    Hi Christopher, welcome back from your holiday excursion. Watching is the way, of course. That is how I figured out how to have more color and winter interest, from seeing what looked good through the cold months, then spreading that around. The sedges were surprisingly vivid.

  11. I think I visit your blog just to get another look at the mughly grass – I absolutely love it, but sadly can’t grow it here in the north. The pink just glows and you capture it so beautifully. Enjoy it for me.

    Thank you so much, Heather. The pink muhly is a wonder, with such a long period of beauty. This is a good year for it and we are indeed enjoying every minute of it.

  12. Layanee says:

    I truly do have ‘muhly envy’. A walk in the garden amidst the business of the holiday season is a must for regaining balance. I would love to brush off the bench and sit down and chat with you.

    Thanks Layanee. The muhly is envy-worthy, for sure. Maybe someday you can join me on the bench under the arbor. It is a nice place to sit and contemplate life, the universe and everything.

  13. Lola says:

    It all looks marvelous. Sure do like that muhly. I have one little plant that seems to be doing good. I hope it gives me at least one bloom next yr.

    Thanks Lola. I hope your muhly gives you some pink soon.

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