November has been rather rainy and a bit frosty at times and whilst there have been some sunny moments it has felt rather grey. The nights are now a lot longer and that feeds the sense of greyness and whilst the news is sort of having some good bits, as we move into Tier 3 where I live, the news is still generally joyless.Dahlia Wizard of Oz, who has steadfastly refused to flower this year, has been blackened by the recent frosts. As it is in a pot it will be popped into the greenhouse to dry out for the winter.The Grevillea victoriae, bought earlier this year, is flowering well. It was a good purchase and has made me very happy. I need to check its frost hardiness as I might move it under cover if the temperatures severely drop but at the moment it is fine.
original one that is now in a pot. This one is the second one in terms of planting age and was about half the height it is now when planted. I think this has been in the garden five or so years. It was quite branchy when I first bought it and not very straight. So I staked it and cut some of the lower branches off and this year it has definitely responded to this. It is not four foot tall yet, but it makes me happy and I love watching the leaves turn to butter yellow, pause, and then all fall off in one soft 'flumph'.