‘High Hopes’ is a climbing rose in my garden. Not sure this should be flowering in November, but I am enjoying the memory of the summer garden and a rare glimpse of the sun!


Climbing Rose 'High Hopes.

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” James Matthew Barrie

I purchased this Helianthus from an NGS Open Garden earlier this year. It is a perennial version of the popular annual sunflower and I have been surprised just how vigorously it has grown and how many flowers it has, which will grow again year after year. Unfortunately I forgot about it after planting and the stem flopped over, so must make a note to stake it next year!

Perennial Sunflower

This is a pretty little annual flower which is very easy to grow from seed and is ideal for hanging baskets or shady places. Each flower has five petals, each one with a deep blue spot at the tip – hence the name.  As you can see from this picture the bees love the flowers!

Bumble bee on Nemophila maculata Five Spot

Pelargoniums are tender plants used as bedding or houseplants. Pelargoniums are commonly and incorrectly known as geraniums, however, geraniums are hardy herbaceous plants. The subtle pink flush of this Pelargonium is so delicate and feminine and makes a great macro image.

Pink Pelargonium

When this flower arrived in my garden a few years ago I thought it was just another weed. I found out that the root can be eaten, although I have never tried it – I just enjoy the flowers! Also known as Oyster plant, it is a prolific self-seeder so if you don’t want too many of these plants, remove the dead flower heads before they seed everywhere!

Salsify wildflower