November… all long, dark nights and frozen days. Or, if you are in my son’s garden, all light and colour. Even clouds of midges over the pond…

It is not exactly what you would expect for this time of year, but with all the work that is still ongoing, months after it began, we were late planting everything.  And, in this little corner of the world, summer seems reluctant to depart.

Seeds we had not expected to germinate until next year seem intent on completing a year’s growth in a couple of short months. Seedlings have not only sprouted but are covered in flower buds, racing against time to complete the cycle before the heavy frosts set in.

Rain-drenched roses are blooming beside fat rosebuds, leafless transplants are busily behaving as if it were spring and putting out shoots for all they are worth. The winter-flowering pansies and cyclamen are almost hidden beneath the branches of fuschias weighed down with buds and flowers. You really wouldn’t think it was November.

Even the clematis, accidentally ripped back to below ground level by the landscapers decided to put on a spurt. It has already grown several feet high, clinging on to the climbing rose it was given in lieu of a trellis, and has several buds opening to show the colours of the heart to the world.

There is, so they say, a season for everything, but almost everything in this garden is flowering out of season.

This year, we upset the cycle in this little garden, but Nature has refused to let that stop her from doing her job. Maybe it is the season for Nature to show us just how amazing she really is.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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51 Responses to November?

  1. Sadje says:

    Remarkable! Lovely flowers.

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  2. Thanks this month is my favorite too

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  3. jenanita01 says:

    Lovely to see, Sue. Nature is obviously rewarding you both for all your hard work!

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  4. acflory says:

    What an utterly beautiful garden! Congratulations to you both. Oh, and Ani too, of course. I’m sure she contributed to the aesthetic. 😀

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  5. NJ says:

    Beautiful 🙂

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  6. tidalscribe says:

    Lovely pictures, I love cyclamen, but we also have a beautiful white rose still flowering. Mainly the poor garden looks bedraggled with all the rain and the grass would be a feast for a few sheep!

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  8. Beautiful Sue, so much colour. Everything has got out of sync. We cut our rose bushes right back and noticed new growth before we came away for my op.

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  9. Mary Smith says:

    Glorious colours – enjoy it while it lasts.

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  10. willowdot21 says:

    What a beautiful garden , no wander Nature lingered and jiggled about 💜🦇

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  11. Remarkably, the second half of October was exactly what one expects in October. It was the ONLY month that was anything like normal for the entire year! So far — all of one day into it — November looks very Novemberish. And the gutter people are here, putting up gutters. All dogs locked inside to keep the wind out. It’s not terribly cold, but it is very windy.

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  12. Eliza Waters says:

    They’re a bit confused! Hopefully, they’ll get straightened out and get back on schedule. Looks like a lovely renovation – love the fountain!

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  13. dgkaye says:

    Exquisite Sue. Seems even nature is confused what to do, but just gorgeous. ❤

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  14. Sounds so wonderful. As we say here, you all have a “green thumb”.

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  15. Widdershins says:

    What a wonderfully rebellious garden. 😀


  16. Darlene says:

    The garden is looking great. Nature has its own schedule. xo


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