A few lingering butterflies rested their wings on the ivy flowers in November, but they were too fleeting to catch with my camera.
November is a good month to plan next year’s garden by taking note of which plants have thrived best in which parts of the garden, and which have attracted the most insect visitors.
My bee garden calendar is slowly coming together, starting with spring flowers and spring-flowering shrubs (snowdrops, crocuses, bluebells, cotoneaster, hebe, smoke tree), long-lasting summer flowers (salvia, scabiosa, toadflax) and late summer to autumn blooms (snowberry, sedum). All of these plants seem to grow well in our heavy clay soil.
November is also a month of surprises.
Our fatsia has flowered for the first time to the delight of honeybees, bumble bees, hoverflies, and to me.
The mornings are getting frosty. Even the frogs are no longer bothering to pop up and watch John when he is gardening.
Soon the bee garden will sleep for winter.