November at Bramble Cottage

Providing the weather is kind, November is a month I quite like in the garden. I try to get jobs done before December as I like to spend my birthday month planning Christmas and taking time out from the garden to bake goodies for the festive season.

For the last few weeks work has continued in the Flower Garden planting the last batches of Ranunculus and hardy annuals ready for early flowers next year, covered with fleece cloches. (There are more details of these flowers in my October News item).

I’ve also planted up my tulip bed and netted it against mice. I don’t grow a lot of tulips, I concentrate on the double varieties that are beautiful for Spring weddings and bouquets mixed with scented narcissi and other Spring flowers such as blue Brunnera…

Work has continued in the Rose Garden too. With Andrew’s help, the area was dug over, paths marked and a bench positioned in amongst the rose planting.

My David Austin roses arrived and were planted, Jayne Austin in memory of my neighbor and friend who sadly died this year and Thomas A Becket for a rich crimson-red…

More roses are on order from Peter Beales to add to the ones planted back in 2015 (see News item in the Archive July 2015) and I’m looking forward to finishing this area in the next couple of months, weather permitting, and covering this in a later News item! The pond at Bramble Cottage has been an area of the developing garden which has been under much discussion. We have a high water table in Congham so the pond fills every winter and usually doesn’t completely dry out in summer, but in the six years we have been here it has dried out twice, this year obviously was particularly dry. I considered buying a liner to keep water in permanently, but my architect husband who understands these things pointed out that as the water table rises, the water will push up the liner…I did a bit of Googling and decided not to make such an expensive mistake but to live with what I’ve got.

The pond has been neglected for many years and is full of yellow flag iris, not a favourite of mine, so work has started on digging out the rhizomes, placing sleepers on the steepest side of the bank and planting moisture loving plants such as Chelone, ferns, Bergenia and Rodgersia…

As the winter progresses it will be interesting to see which plants cope with the wet, I may have to move a few further up the bank. Before the cold weather set in, bouquets were still going out from Bramble Flowers. This one had creamy and pale pink chrysanthemums, cornflowers from a last sowing, lemon, white and red achillea still shooting the odd stem, feverfew Snowball and nigella…

Bramble Flowers has now started to offer items for hire for weddings and events, this group of tea lights is a small example of what we offer…

…and silk ribbon dyed with plants and flowers grown here at Bramble Cottage are available for a touch of luxury for wedding bouquets. These shades of peach are dyed using the root of the Madder plant…

Plans for the next two months in the garden at Bramble Cottage involve planting an informal hedge to form a boundary to planting near the house and a lilac and buddleia border on the edge of the Woodland Garden.

Visits to the garden are available by appointment from mid May to mid October. Take a look at the Our Garden page on the website for more details.