In 2013, I followed the late Geoff Hamilton's advice and visited a nursery or garden centre each month of the year with a view to purchasing a plant in flower. This should now ensure that I have something blooming in my garden every month of the year.
In November 2013, I purchased sedum spectabile Brilliant. It was flowering at the time, however, it must have been held back in the garden centre as it's flowered much earlier in the two years I've had it and I wrote about it last month in my Colour In October post. It means that I had a bit of a flowering gap in November so I needed something to fill that space.
During my recent visit to RHS Harlow Carr, I popped in to their plant centre to see what was flowering. I have to say that I was a little disappointed with the selection. I know it's November but there wasn't that much to choose from. I ended up bringing home this Oxalis lobata.
It's only a small specimen at the moment but hopefully it will spread, providing that it survives the winter. Being an alpine, it can withstand several degrees of frost, however, I'm not sure it will enjoy being waterlogged so it will be important to try and shelter it a little and give it some drainage. I'm sure it would actually be much happier living in an alpine house but I'm afraid I can't provide that. One nice feature of this plant is that it's got a strong honey scent.
Just one more month to go now and then I've achieved my aim to have colour in the garden the whole year round.
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