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Gardener's Diary           November

Rosemary MartinGardener's Diary is a regular feature of run by Rosemary Martin. 

An introduction from Rosemary...     


I have been gardening now as a hobby for about thirty years, but have no formal training..  I don't have a favourite style of gardening, traditional is nice, but I also think the modern trends work well. 

This column adds a new dimension to my interest in all aspects of horticulture and will hopefully help others find pleasure in this healthy and therapeutic pastime  ...  

Please e-mail me with your garden problems, comments, or ideas for this section of  laterlife, remembering to tell me which country you are from.. 

Click here for previous editions of Gardener's Diary..


Forty Third edition - November 2004

I like November: the garden looks bare but tidy and there is usually a damp and gloomy feel to the outdoors.. The days are at their shortest and darkest too, so what on earth do I find that is nice about November? Well, I can put my feet up and be unashamedly lazy. All summer long I have been a slave to the garden: weeding, digging and pruning which was an excellent way of exercising and keeping fit during the summer months..  Have I followed my own advice to take time out and enjoy the rewards of my labour? Of course not....

But I will next year!

  • Apart from a few tidying up maintenance sessions, most of the jobs in the garden are now finished until the spring.

  • Have you planted up all those packs of prettily packaged bulbs that tempted you to buy them in the garden centre, or have you, like me, shoved them in a cupboard and forgotten them? Tulips can be planted out until December, but all others really should be in the ground or pots by now!  

  • Sweep up leaves instead of letting them gather in soggy, slippery heaps, ready to trip up an unsuspecting pedestrian.

  • If your lawn is still growing and is fairly dry, continue cutting it. I have cut my lawn on Boxing day in years gone by, just for the exercise!

  • Check the food for the birds is topped up.

  • Take care to keep your pets indoors and safe while those loud fireworks are still being let off.

  • Plan your bedding plants and perennials for next year with a spot of armchair gardening and some seed catalogues.

Talking of seed catalogues, Thompson & Morgan have opened a Living Gifts for Christmas online catalogue, seen here:  Just think, all gifts are supplied with a greetings card and a choice of message, delivered in peak condition direct to the recipient in good time for Christmas. No boxes, no gift-wrapping, no trips to the post office.

This is my kind of Christmas shopping...

Banana Musa VelutinaImpatiens "Jungle Gold"You may obtain their free New 2005 Seed Catalogue by telephoning 01473 695224 and their website address is where full information is available on their product varieties and orders can be taken on-line. I have also received a press release from T & M showing off their latest two exciting plants for 2005:

  • Impatiens "Jungle Gold" is the best true yellow Impatiens variety ever bred from seed. It has exceptional weather tolerance and is very free-flowering

  • Banana Musa Velutina is exceptionally quick to grow, flowering in it's second year and producing bright pink blooms followed by inedible pink furry bananas in the summer!

I often hear the concerns and doubts of some older people who are thinking of building a garden pond now they have more time on their hands, so I have decided to do a mini series which will hopefully be quite useful for those hoping to plan a pond for next year.... 

The subject is a huge one, enough to fill a book, and I will obviously only scratch the surface. But hopefully it will help you decide whether to go ahead and have a garden pond, or settle for something less adventurous.

Garden Ponds - Part one - covering garden ponds and pond safety

Seems they are finally thinking about older gardeners, with this product...

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Some of your recent gardening queries

Keep the e-mails with your gardening problems coming (Please tell me which country you live in - knowing the climate helps me solve your problem)

Laterlife is pleased to support the project below:-

Designed to stimulate the senses and provide a haven of peace, a place to chill-out and unwind from the stress of modern living. A garden designed specifically to be "Positive About Disabled People" and raise funds for people with Multiple Sclerosis.

Take a virtual trip around the garden, through different countries, its monthly photo galleries & artwork, explore and discover the plants, birds and wildlife, water features and wind-chimes, as we endeavour to describe the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touch of the various areas. 

We hope you enjoy your visit to the Sensory Garden Project  


And some places to visit...  Visit the Eden Project


The living theatre of plants and people
The Eden Project is a gateway into the world of plants and people. A meeting place for all to discover how we depend on plants and how we can help to manage and conserve them for our mutual survival.




Kew Gardens two locations:-

Tel: 020 8332 5655 (24 hr)
Fax: 020 8332 5197

Royal Botanic Gardens

Tel: 01444 894066 (24 hr)
Fax: 01444 894069

Royal Botanic Gardens
Wakehurst Place
Nr Haywards Heath
West Sussex
RH17 6TN



The National Botanic Gardens of Scotland comprise:

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Scotland's Premier Garden

Benmore Botanic Garden, Argyll
Argyll's Magnificent Mountainside Garden

Dawyck Botanic Garden, Borders
Wonderful Woodland Garden

Logan Botanic Garden, Galloway
Scotland's Most Exotic Garden


The National Botanic Garden of WalesThe National Botanic Garden of Wales

The star attraction here is the 91 metre long domed glasshouse, that houses landscapes normally found in the Mediterranean. This would be a super place to visit on a chilly day...



Keep the e-mails with your gardening problems coming

Have a look at previous editions of Gardener`s Diary



Some websites of interest to gardeners:- 


Alan Titchmarsh MBE, TV gardener, writer, broadcaster and thoroughly nice person. Just a few choice words to describe him. See his website....



Thompson and Morgan logo Thompson and Morgan: 


A growing resource for gardeners worldwide. The site includes the international online seed catalogues, the young plants catalogue (UK only), the wholesale seeds catalogue, together with the award winning Germination Times and a host of other useful information.


Carry on Gardening - The easier gardening web site from Thrive Gardening is an important part of many people's lives. You don't have to give up gardening because of accident or illness, the onset of disability or the problems associated with growing older. The information on their website is designed to provide you with the information to Carry on Gardening.

Carry on Gardening was initiated by the horticultural charity Thrive and is funded by the National Lottery Charities Board.  It brings together information on easy ways of gardening gathered over 23 years by Thrive and research carried out since the early 1970s by Mary Marlborough Centre, Oxford, on tools and equipment for disabled and older people. 







Good reading:-


"The Yellow Book" contains information of all Gardens of England and Wales open for charity, and can be bought priced ?5 from National Gardens Scheme

National Trust Gardens Handbook is ?6.99 and the new edition is out in May  Telephone 01394 389 950 or see their website

RHS Garden Finder is £12.99 from Dorling Kindersley



       Alan Titchmarsh - How to be a gardener    Amazon Book - The Healing Garden    Amazon Book - RHS Plant Finder 2001 -2002    Amazon Book - "Home Front" in the Garden  


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