Episode 20: Gardening Jobs and Plants of Interest for November

Episode 20: Gardening Jobs and Plants of Interest for November

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Our plant of the month; Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii 'Profusion', plants of interest for this month; Camellia sasanqua 'Plantation Pink' and Clematis 'Madame Julia Correvon' and jobs to do in the garden for November.

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In this months edition of the podcast we look at seasonal gardening jobs to do in the garden during the month of November and a selection of plants that look good in the garden at this time of year.

Review of  the Glee Show - 01' 25"

Plant of the Month - 07' 19"

Our plant of the month for November is Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii 'Profusion' Beauty Berry.

  • Hardy, deciduous shrub
  • Likes full sun or partial shade
  • Height up to 3m, spread 2.5m
  • Average growth rate
  • Flowers: small, pink, July
  • Foliage: 5-12cm young foliage is purplish, turning dark green in summer and later golden-purple in autumn
  • Fruit: clusters of violet, bead-like berries (4mm) in autumn , which remain into winter after the plant has lost its leaves, adding continued interest
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil. Can tolerate some lime in the soil.
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • RHS Perfect for Pollinators
  • Berries and leaves used for flower arranging
  • Maintenance: Prune in early spring

Jobs in the Garden - 09' 40"

  • Take Hardwood Cuttings
    • Some shrubs are best propagated by taking hardwood cuttings at this time of year.
    • This method can be used for some rose cultivars and shrubs such as Cornus and Sambucus.
    • Cut 20cm long, pencil thick stems. The top cut should be sloping and just above a bud. The base cut should be horizontal, just below a bud.
    • Dip the base of the cutting in hormone rooting powder and then insert into a prepared slit trench that has had some grit or sand forked into the base
    • of the length of the cutting should be in the soil.
    • Label your cuttings so you remember what they are when they have rooted in about 12 -18 months time.
  • Continue to Collect Fallen Leaves
    • Fallen leaves can be collected and stored for a couple of years to make your own leaf mould.
    • Once it has rotted down properly, leaf mould makes an excellent soil improver, especially if you want to make a heavy clay soil easier to work.
    • Leaf mould can even be used as seed compost.
  • Spread a net over garden ponds to catch falling leaves
  • Lift and divide congested herbaceous perennials, keep the vigorous outer shoots
  • Plant bare rooted trees and shrubs
  • Lightly fork over borders so that they absorb autumn rainfall quickly and efficiently
  • Gunnera manicata leaves can be cut back and used to cover the crowns for protection against winter weather
  • Cut lawns for the final time this year and arrange for the lawnmower to be serviced
  • Complete planting of tulip bulbs
  • Sites for new lawns can be prepared for seed sowing in the spring

In the Vegetable Garden - 12' 58"

  • Sow seeds inside of: Lettuce.
  • Sow seeds outside of: Broad beans.
  • Plant out: Garlic cloves and rhubarb crowns
  • Harvest: Swiss chard, Spinach, Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, Swede, Leeks, Radish, Parsnips, Kale, Beetroot, Carrots, Cabbage and Lettuce

Plants of Note - 13' 39"

Two plants that we felt were worthy of note for this month are:

Camellia sasanqua 'Plantation Pink'

  • Hardy evergreen shrub
  • Average growth rate
  • 6m tall, 3m spread
  • Strongly upright, but with an open habit
  • Partial shade, but preferably not east-facing
  • Soil: moist but well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil or ericaceous compost for pot-grown plants
  • Flowers: large pastel pink, single flowers with a large boss of golden yellow stamens, sweet fragrance, October to December
  • Foliage: glossy, dark green leaves
  • Protect from cold, dry winds and early morning sun to prevent damage to the emerging buds and flowers
  • Water plants in dry weather to prevent buds falling off
  • Apply a balanced fertiliser in mid-spring and June. Top-dress annually with well-rotted leaf mould
  • After flowering lightly prune to retain its shape

Clematis 'Madame Julia Correvon'

  • Hardy deciduous climber
  • Compact variety, good for container growing
  • Fast growing
  • 3m tall, 1.5m spread
  • Full sun or partial shade
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Flowers: deeply veined rich red and yellow stamen, 12cm, July to November
  • Foliage: mid to dark green leaves
  • Maintenance: cut back stems to a pair of strong buds about 15cm above ground before growth begins in early spring. Mulch in late winter with garden compost or well-rotted manure but avoid the crown
  • Good resistance to Clematis wilt

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