And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.
– Cyde Watson
Remember, remember, the joys of November. Apologies to whoever wrote the original verse but November is about so much more than bonfires and gunpowder. Autumn has taken hold and trees and shrubs are now providing the colour in our gardens. Kale, cabbages, beetroot and sprouts are holding court in the veg garden and the crab apples are begging to be picked and turned into jewel-coloured jelly.
The days may be short and the nights long but as with every other month, November brings with it many treasures and plenty of gardening jobs!
Our top ten recommended tasks this month include:
- Cut peonies down to ground level, compost the stems and place a marker so that you don’t forget they are there and dig them up!
- November is the time to plant tulips. Mix and match the colours or combine colours that will clash to give impact to your display.
- It’s still not too late to plant daffodils and other spring flowering bulbs. Visit our blog for tips on naturalising your bulbs.
- Start planting bare-root roses, shrubs and trees.
- If you haven’t already done so, then sow some sweet peas in early November and your reward will be early blooms next year.
- Dahlias can be lifted and stored but only when the stems have first been blackened by frost
- Rake leaves from the lawn and place in bags to make valuable leaf mould.
- If you’re lighting a bonfire on November 5th, or any other day, please do a hedgehog check first.
- Plant garlic and then cover with fleece to stop the birds pulling them up.
- For fresh winter salads sow some Leaf Salad Winter Mix and grow on a sunny windowsill
Christmas Is Coming!
Choose and order Christmas gifts from the warmth of your home. Our new Garden Gift Catalogue features over 500 amazing gift ideas. From the practical to the decorative, there’s something for everyone. Due out in early November, you can view the digital version here.
Many of us will be showing respect at 11am, on the 11th day of the 11th Month. Next year will be especially poignant as we mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. The poppy is of course the flower most linked with combat and many people will be sowing Field or “Flanders” Poppies.
In commemoration of the centenary Suttons has launched Sweet Pea Patriotic Mix. These seeds will produce fragrant, waved blooms in a profusion of red, white and blue. These are Spencer type sweet peas, chosen for their exceptional floral performance.
November is the perfect time for planting bare-root roses. The ground still retains some warmth and the likely rains will enable the plants to establish and spread out their roots. Buy 3 Suttons roses and we’ll send you a free Harkness Rose of the Year plant – Twiggy’s Rose.
Twiggy’s Rose is a magnificently scented and bushy plant, full and generous in its style of growth. Flowering is in elegant clusters, beginning in early June and repeat-blooming; it will normally continue right up to the start of winter.
In case you missed last month’s blogs you can find them by clicking on any or all of the following titles: