Six on Saturday: A Tour of My Garden – November (part 1)

Gardening is one of my passions so I am delighted to discover #sixonsaturday as a way to link up with fellow gardeners across the world.

When I think of  the various areas of our garden I try to plan them as different rooms or a transition from one room to the next. Each room has a different feel and purpose.

1.This is the top patio. The Bougainvillea acts as a windbreak, privacy screen and the patio is suntrap.

Plants include a Madagascar Cactus Palm (blue pot). Queen of the Night Orchid Cactus, Spider plant, Sago Palm, Hibiscus, Freesia and Yucca.

Front Patio 12th November
Front Patio 12th November 2018

This is a longshot taken of the same area back in December 2017. It is one of my favourite places to sit and write poetry as it is a peaceful space surrounded by flowers and greenery. As you can see, the Queen of the Night Orchid Cactus in the square stone pot, was still only a baby.

View of patio 02-12-2017
View of patio 02-12-2017

2.  The wooden seats are strategically placed to catch the morning sun and are the perfect place to take breakfast.

Plants include Yucca, Abracadabra Rose (yellow pot), orange Hibiscus (brown pot). I have never discovered the name of the palm on the RH side of the photograph. Any suggestions gratefully received. (Jane has since offered the suggestion it is a Dracaena Draco). I’ve checked out google images and she is right, thank you.

Front Garden 12th November 2018
Front Garden 12th November 2018

3. In the photo below, a brita (gravel) path leads to the pool area. To the left there is an olive hedge. It started as a tree, through lack of pruning ended up as a bush and has since morphed into a 7ft hedge which we shape to the curve of the path. It still has plenty of olives which would be great if they were not attacked every year by brown marks which scars deep into the fruit. Still, the birds like them, so at least someone enjoys them.

The large pot needs replanting. I’ve yet to decide with what as it is in shade most of the time and gets the full force of the Atlantic salt winds.

In the foreground there is a scraggy red hedge which is now in its seventh year. by now it should be at least 6ft tall so come spring we will part company and it will be replaced. Replaced by what is still under consideration.

Garden - 12th November Still work in progress
Garden – 12th November Still work in progress

4. The waterfall rockery needs a total revamp. During the winter it is in full shade and in summer it exposed to full sun until about 13.00. I will probably need to grow the plants in containers and swap them around according to the season.

Waterfall Rockery - 12th November
Waterfall Rockery – 12th November

5. The pots in this area were only planted up in May so we’ve yet to see how they survive with the lack of sun during the winter. The trailing petunias are still flowering as is the white flower (name escapes me at the moment). The variegated Euonymus is growing well, but again we will see how it survives during the winter.

Front area 12th November


This is how it looked when planted in May. We referred to this area as our Gin Corner.

Gin corner (May 2018)
Gin corner (May 2018)

6. It has taken years for our Bird of Paradise to flower but this year we have been rewarded by an almost continuous display  of flowers.

Bird of Paradise 12th November
Bird of Paradise 12th November


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Six on Saturday: A Tour of My Garden – November (part II)

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  1. Amazing!! I love that you have seating areas all over the place so you can really enjoy all the different areas of your garden. It must be so much work to keep it all so beautiful but it’s absolutely worth it.

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  2. The difference in how much sun each area of your garden gets, depending on season, is really amazing. To go from half a day to none is wow. I like the idea of switching pots as the seasons change. A beautiful garden &, as Jane said, so different from most of the SoSers, even those in the southern hemisphere. Really interesting.

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    1. Hi Lora, thank you for stopping by. The idea for swapping pots around was down to having a relatively small garden so maximising space, season and interest.. For example, bulbs take a long time to grow, flowering season is relatively short and then we are left with scraggy leaves as they die down. I don’t usually plant directly into decorative pots so once the bulbs have finished flowering I can whisk them away and let the foliage die down out of sight.

      As for the sun, I had not really noticed until this year when I made a conscious effort to brighten up the area in front of the hedge. We will see how the plants fair this winter. I love experimenting 🙂


  3. Goodness, your garden is so different from all the other Sixers’: so interesting to see the plants you have in a completely different climate. I wonder if your mystery palm could be a form of Dragon Palm- Dracaena Draco?

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