November Ends On A High Note-What Looks Good Now

Continuing with the theme that began here, the Fairegarden is still chock full o’ goodness. A weedy vine produces vivid fruit for the feathered friends.

Containers with seasonal plantings, like the standing wire trough filled with violas, parsley, kale and red mustard delight eyes and taste buds through the winter. In the coldest moments, these plants will hunker down for self protection, but when the warmth returns some will shine with renewed vigor.

Berries and seedheads step to center stage now. Rosa ‘Cadenza’ is helping to cover the appalling chain link.

Feeding the soul and the critters is a priority here. The eye has been trained to embrace the colorlessness of Echinacea purpurea and Japanese Bloodless grass.

Even after the windblown fronds of the northern maidenhair fern, Adiantum pedatum have lost all substance, the black wiry stems will remain in contrast to the verdant moss in the trough.

Steadfast and staunch in the face of frost, the Euphorbias hold the fort of winter interest. E. ‘Ascot Rainbow’ and E. ‘Blackbird’ are dependably erect, while E. ‘Chameleon’ bobs and weaves ala The Champ.

Yuccas and the stringy but sturdy Salvia greggiis add substantive support in the battle against winter drabness. Yucca gloriosa ‘Variegta’ and S. greggii ‘Desert Blaze’ make good bedfellows.

Her Royal Pinkness reigns still, the frost bringing sparkle to her complexion. Muhlenbergia capillaris is the Queen Supreme along the driveway.

The loss of foliage and some color reveals the real jewels of the garden. A sweet mockingbird braves the cold wind to greet the morning sun.


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10 Responses to November Ends On A High Note-What Looks Good Now

  1. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    You still have so many beautiful accents in your garden Frances. The mocker looks cold all putffed up. Have a Great weekend.

    Thanks Lisa. The garden continues to shine, although a little less brilliant with each soggy day. It was so cold that day, poor little mockingbird. He/she sat still long enough for me to take several shots with the old camera. I was wishing I had the sx1 to zoom better. You too, enjoy the coming weekend.

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  3. Gail says:

    Frances, Yucca and salvia, fantastic euphorbias and glorious Muhly are great ways for November to end! Love them all. xxoogail

    Thanks Gail. Those are the plants that will take us through winter into spring, except the muhly will be cut down. Such hard working stalwarts, we need more of them, it goes without saying.

  4. Layanee says:

    I really do have muhly envy. The light is getting quite ‘watery’ here but there is beauty in every season and you have found so much in your garden.

    Thanks Layanee. Maybe your envy could be satisfied with seeing the muhly in person? You are welcome anytime to get a quick fix online or visit in the fall for the real deal.

  5. Leslie says:

    You do indeed have lots still going on! The mockingbird is smart to hang around your garden.

    Thanks Leslie. It’s not California, but there are things that look good all year here. It was just figuring out what they were! We have a whole lotta mockingbirds here, they love all the berries.

  6. Nicole says:

    Loads of lovely photos! Love the brilliant colors of the rosehips etc.

    Hi Nicole, thanks. The rosehips are wonderful color during the bleak winter, even though it is not bleak here just yet.

  7. Not much left here, but a bit here and there. Your berries are so pretty. I think I might go look for mine. Thanks.~~Dee

    Hi Dee, thanks for visiting. Berries do make winter more endurable, for humans and critters both.

  8. Randy says:

    Everything looks as lovely as always! The Muhley is fabulous. My little clump you sent me continues to get larger each year. 🙂

    Hi Randy, thanks, so nice to see you! I am glad your muhly survives and continues to grow.

  9. Lola says:

    Oh my, such beauty. Love the little one. It looks so cold. Icing on the Muhly.

    Thanks Lola. It was a frigid wind blowing that day, poor little mockingbird. But there are lots of berries for them to eat and brush piles for protection here. We do what we can for them.

  10. commonweeder says:

    I love your trough, especially today when I am setting up my Blogoversary giveaway and dreaming of a trough filled with succulents.

    Hi Pat, thanks. Happy Blogaversary on the 6th. You are one day older than me! HA Your trough filled with succulents would be a dream!

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