November is a great time to garden here in the Southwest. It’s cooled off and you can easily add the color and beauty of plants to your outdoor space, and if you can, your indoor space as well. (Kinja, the kitty ninja, eats any plant I bring in, so we have no more house plants.)
In upper elevations, you may have to bring the garden indoors due to cold weather. Add some houseplants to your indoor space. Not just houseplants either, maybe a pot of mums – a bouquet with roots! And soon it will be time for poinsettias.
Lower (warmer) elevations can add winter flowers outdoors. Which winter flowers? Go to the nursery and simply get what you like. I confess to a weakness for carefree calendula, pretty pansies, and lithesome linarea (also a deplorable weakness for playing with words). More on winter annuals in this post a few weeks ago.
While at your local nursery (not some big box garden center), be generous with yourself. Spend at least as much money as you would going out to a fancy dinner and a show. Those events last a single evening, while your plants and flowers will brighten your life for months, possibly years. Best of all – your purchase will help your local independent nursery continue to operate as a viable business, so it will be there for you in years to come.
One nice thing about visiting nurseries in November is that many of them have clearance sales. Garden accessories like arbors, trellises, benches, decorative containers, and more – all marked down. Gloves and tools too. If nothing else, new tools will make your garden work easier, and thus you will be less prone to fatigue and injury.
Get Something Nice for Yourself
Consider a lovely little bench bench that you could place in a shady garden nook. After all – you do need a place to rest and rehydrate properly. Also it is nice to have a place to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labors. Either way, justification enough to spend some money getting what you need for your outdoor space.
Don’t forget to keep an eye out healthy looking spring flowering bulbs. Unless the ground is frozen, you can still plant some. (More on bulbs – here.)
Fall is a great time in all elevations of the Southwest. Time to relish your garden. Get out and putter. Clean a little, redecorate a little with fresh flowers, or find some interesting plants and pods for dried arrangements. Enjoy!
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More about growing colorful flowers every month of the year in this book:
Month by Month Gardening for Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico (Cool Springs Press). This link is to Amazon and if you buy the book there the Horticulture Therapy non-profit Tierra del Sol Institute will get a few pennies – at no extra cost to you.
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