A Couple More Outside Flowers In November

Type of Freesia

I am assuming this is a type of Freesia; it came in a special offer packet of bulbs


A late flowering Brodiaea; again from a special offer packet



More Late Flowers: Two Green Flowered Climbers In The Greenhouse

Both these plants are caudiciform climbers which are grown for their curious form rather than their inconspicuous flowers.

Testudinaria elephantipes is a fairly rampant relative of the yam with an above ground caudex which gets huge if planted in a border or very large tub – unfortunately space restraints mean mine are not potted on regularly enough – something I want to address next year now that I have rearranged the greenhouses.

Fockea edulis is a member of the milkweed family and surprisingly hardy (I keep mine at a minimum of 40/45 degrees Fahrenheit).

I grew both of them from seed in the Eighties and early Nineties although the Testudinaria does seed itself.

Testudinaria elephantipes

Testudinaria elephantipes

Fockea edulis

October Flowers In The Garden – I know its November!

Here are a few autumn blooms which I should have posted earlier – better late than never!

Tigridia Pavonia

Tigridia Pavonia in our front garden – my wife tends to do most of the work out there. They were planted as bulbs.

Tigridia Pavonia

Tigridia Pavonia

Schizostylis coccinea

Schizostylis coccinea outside the cacti house. It actually flowered very well this year – probably because we had such a wet summer!

Dahlia Bishop Of Llandaff

Dahlia Bishop Of Llandaff. I never potted them on this year and they resented it! I tend to grow the plants in pots these days otherwise they will be eaten to the ground by slugs and snails!


Colchicum (The Giant?) and Sedum Spectabile at the front of the mixed border – I moved the latter at least twice this year!





Late Flowers – Mid November

The last couple of weeks has seen typical UK weather with drizzle, fog and an occasional frost.  The greenhouses still have late summer/autumn blossoms on show as well as the start of the winter flowers.

Conophytum species

Conophytum species. I grew all my Conophytum from seed in the Eighties and early Nineties – of course in the madness of the last few years I have lost a lot of the labels!

Crassula perforata

Crassula perforata – this my favourite genus of plants and when I get more time and money I want to build up my collection again.

Crassula rupestris

I think this is a form of Crassula rupestris – I did have several forms but this is the only one I have left. The others were far less robust.

Echeveria and Aeonium

Echeveria and Aeonium – I will try and remember the species!

Echeveria xBlack Prince

Echeveria xBlack Prince – I will have to fiddle with my phone to see if there is a close up setting!

Nerine species

Nerine species – I can’t remember where I got it.


A very common Crassula species whose name temporarily escapes me!  I haven’t potted these plants for several years and they aren’t flowering very well this year – I will have to divide and repot in the spring.

Crassula species

Crassula species – probably white form of the above








End Of Summer Greenhouses – Addendum

I took out all the tomatoes, peppers etc. from my lean-to last weekend – it is now officially the end of the summer!

I also unceremoniously cut off the annual climbers – they would have struggled on but it was probably a lost cause.  I then rearranged the staging and filled up the top with sundry winter/spring flowering monocotyledons and the bottom with dying off summer flowering plants. A photo below of work in progress.

Let us hope we have a mild winter as I still haven’t insulated some of the greenhouses yet!

The Escapee

I grew this Maurandia from a lucky dip packet of mixed seeds a number of years ago and it continues to seed itself readily.  As you can see it can be a bit invasive but doesn’t grow enormous.  It is probably quite short lived in cultivation – I have found it so anyway.

The packet came from the UK company Chiltern Seeds who have an unbelievably extensive range of seeds from all over the world.  They occupy the position that Thompson and Morgan used to have in the Sixties and Seventies and are well worth a look.



Late Flowers

At the start of the year I planned to photograph plants in flower on a weekly basis.  This patently never materialised  (the same fate happened to many of my other projects!) – I will have another go next year so please bear with me!

Below are a few late flowers in the big greenhouse.  These here are all members of the Mesembryanthemum family.







Trichodiadema and Conophytum

Trichodiadema and Conophytum

Titanopsis and Lithops

Titanopsis and Lithops