This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Mid November Blooms

It's almost mid November and there's still some colour in the garden, however, it's definitely reducing. Even with several frosts in October and early November, many plants are still holding on.

Due to the reduced daylight hours (we have light approx 7.45am-4pm) and my work schedule these photos were taken on 11 November.

Left: Kaffir Lily is one of my favourite plants in Oct/Nov, pictured with a late flowering white snapdragon grown from seed.
One or two wild foxglove are still about (looking rather summery in November).
Aubretia (hardy perennial), grown from seed. I think these have self seeded and are making a late show of flowers. The seed pack says they flower April-May; plants don't always do what the seed pack says!
Kaffir Lily
Above and below: holders on - calendula.
Sedum Autumn Joy with Kaffir Lily and bronze carex ornamental grass.
Pieris Forest Flame shrub - those look like flowers forming.
Above: Kaffir Lily (again).
Below: Roses generally keep flowering through November.

 Happy Blogger's Bloom Day!
Blogger's Bloom Day is hosted by May Dream Gardens and bloggers share their blooms from across the globe.

Copyright: All words and photos are property of Kelli's Northern Ireland Garden.


  1. Hello, it is my first time to see your site from GBBD. Your flowers are so beautiful although i haven't seen any of them in person, except the rose of course, which is more high temperature tolerant.

  2. Though I don't comment very often, I always enjoy your posts! Such beautiful flowers!

  3. We still have things hanging on too. I noticed a kaffir lily has started to flower where we haven't planted one!

    The aubretia is a spring flower but like many flowers will produce one or too flowers out of season if it feels like it!

    Definitely pieris flower buds - I'll have to check on ours!

  4. It's lovely to still have so much going on in the garden in November, especially plants which shouldn't be flowering now.

  5. Given the fact that you are so far north, I am always amazed that Ireland has such a mild climate, though wet. Your photos are wonderful, or rather your garden is wonderful, especially my favorite, the foxglove. My sleeps soundly. Here, and I suppose there, too, it is a bi-annnual. I have never had one reseed, but mine this last summer grew so healthy with multiple bloom stems, so I hope it returns. Our landscape is now brown, frosted with a touch of snow that lingers from last week and it has been cold. Enjoy your color.

  6. Your garden looks beautiful, even in November. Happy GBBD!

  7. What gorgeous blooms! I love the kaffir lily--it's stunning. Many of our blooms are gone in South Carolina, but our vegetable gardens are still going strong, protected from frost with low tunnels. Happy GBBD!

  8. I love your Kaffir lily, that's always disappearing in my garden. I always thought it was too cold over here, but you had already some frost, we have not had any here. You have still a lot of colour!

  9. Brilliant colour, Kelli - amazing for this late in the year. My Crocosmia has not flowered at all this year. I think maybe it's time to re-stock.

  10. Hi Kelli. Found you on Garden Gab, your flowers look beautiful. Couldn't help noticing your average daily temps and your current daylight hours and feeling extremely grateful for where I live. Even in mid-winter we have almost 10 hours of daylight and your summer temps are almost our winter temps. Gardening must be a real challenge, I in comparison have it really easy.

  11. I've never heard of Kaffir Lilies...they are gorgeous!

  12. Hi Kelli,, your blooms are really beautiful and so much color for almost December!Seems to me Northern Ireland really has very mild temps. and of course nice rain and maybe you have a "green finger", all giving you a beautiful long lasting garden. Well done!

  13. Kelli, you are so lucky to still have so many blooms in November. I think your sea air keeps things a little warmer. We've had some hard freezes already, and there isn't much out there in the garden. I miss it already.