November Newsletter

Oct 30, 2020

Dull November brings the blast, then the leaves are whirling fast.


~ Sara Coleridge

The focus for the November garden is protection. Cold weather has arrived, and tender plants need to be snug in the greenhouse with those too large to move being cloaked in protective fleece. Move containers to shelter against house walls and make sure that any staked plants are nice and secure against the wind. Use fleece and cloches to protect veg plants such as chard and swede against frost and possible snow.

Continue harvesting autumn crops of kale, spinach, chard, cabbage, leeks and celeriac. Parsnips and brussels sprouts are best left until they’ve been well and truly frosted as this will sweeten them. Any remaining root vegetables such as carrots and beetroot need to be lifted and stored before the soil becomes waterlogged or frozen.

November is also the perfect time for reflection of what did well in the garden (and what didn’t) and the ideal month to start making plans for next year… Our Seed Catalogue mailing is going out next week so lookout for a copy landing on your doormat from next Wednesday.

With NEW vegetable seeds and plants, and yearly favourites, flowers, fruit, potatoes, equipment and more!

  • Sow some herbs to grow on windowsills, you’ll need them to flavour all that scrumptious comfort food!
  • Salad leaves can also be sown now. In fact, sow every 3 weeks throughout the year and you’ll never again need to buy salad leaves. At this time of year try our Winter Mix.
  • Early in the month is still not too late to sow sweet peas in rootrainers or other deep pots. The result will be strong plants bearing early blooms.
  •  After the first frosts leeks, parsnips and Brussels sprouts can start to be harvested.
  • Continue raking up fallen leaves and turn them into valuable leaf mould. It is a superb soil conditioner and makes great potting compost. And its free!
  • Soft fruit, including rhubarb, can be planted now. Choose an open, sunny spot and dig in plenty of garden compost.
  • Secure glue bands around fruit trees to fend off the winter moth.
  • It’s not too late to plant daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs. Late planting just means later flowering.
  • A wet November day is the perfect time to give pots and seed trays a good clean ready for next season’s sowings.
  • Bonfire season starts now but please always remember to do a hedgehog check before lighting.

Veg Seeds To Sow in November

Get an early start on your beans with our autumn sowing varieties, including the nation’s favourite to grow – Aquadulce Claudia!

Broad Bean Aquadulce

A long podded, white-seeded tasty broad bean that’s early to mature, Aquadulce Claudia is recommended for autumn and winter sowings throughout the U.K. for the earliest crops the following spring and summer.

Broad Bean De Monica

This superb, early-maturing variety grows well in low daylight conditions, Broad Bean De Monica will produce bountiful crops of 15cm (6”) long pods filled with 5-7 tasty, creamy-coloured beans per pod.

Broad Bean Luz de Otono

Luz de Otono vigorous growing bean that shows good cold resistance for overwintering use. Produces long, high quality pods of tasty beans May-June. May also be sown in July for a November crop in mild areas. For autumn sowing.

Broad Bean The Sutton

The Sutton can be sown in succession March-July outdoors, and November-February under cloches to produce a very early crop.

Rob says: “A short broad bean, which can be grown amongst flowers or borders. It doesn’t need vast space like some others. The pods give 5-6 beans which are really tasty and freeze well. Or alternatively make them into a broad bean hummus, it’s gorgeous!”

Last Chance to Sow Sweet Peas

Last chance for Sweet Peas in the earlier weeks on November. The long growing period will enable strong root growth which will in turn produce vigorous top growth. Not only will autumn-sown sweet peas flower earlier than spring sown, the plants will be stronger, the flower stems longer and the blooms more abundant.

Why not look at our new sweet pea Fire & Ice. The seeds produce fantastic white, purple and pink flowers accompanied by a strong, yet sweet fragrance. This variety of sweet pea grows with longer stems making them perfect for container and patio pot displays. A Modern Grandiflora type that grows to a height of 151–200cm, you can train them to grow up decorative trellises, obelisks or even arches. Grow them in your flower beds and flower borders for a sweet-scented and colourful display.

Cupani

Cupani is a species introduced to Britain in 1699 by a monk: Brother Cupani. Bicoloured flowers, maroon upper petals with violet ‘wings’, making lovely cut flower posies with a beautiful deep scent. Scent 3. Flowers June-September. Height 1.8m (6′).

Jet Set

Don’t be put off by Jet Set’s smaller stature. What it lacks in height, it makes up for in appearance. Beautiful pastel shades of scarlet, crimson, blue, salmon, cerise and mauve look amazing in large terracotta pots, or climbing through your roses and shrubs. I used this mix several times on The Big Allotment Challenge. Height 90cm (3′). Easy to grow. HA – Hardy annual. Low growing variety.

Bluebell Carpet

Bluebell Carpet is a fragrant, rambling, groundcover variety. You’ll enjoy stunning plants with few tendrils, which can be tied to supports and will grow to around 130cm (4’) high.

Or, if you prefer to create a carpet of scented flowers, leave them to ramble across the ground, where masses of these pretty flowers will create the look of a ‘bluebell wood’. These strongly scented flowers are held above the foliage, so they’re perfect to cover a bank or open space. Flowers June-September.

Rob’s Perfect Summer

Ranging from 1.5-2m (5-6’6”), in solo and bi-colours, with stripes and flecks, plus a stunning bright red, ‘Rob’s Perfect Summer’ is highly scented, conjuring the image of a quintessentially British summer and filling your garden with blooms. Try growing ‘Rob’s Perfect Summer’ through a rambling rose, or up the side of an evergreen bush to add colour and scent.” Height 1.5-2m (5-6’6”).

Winter Garden Interest

Autumn has taken hold and trees and shrubs are now providing the colour in our gardens. If you’re looking outside to empty borders and patios, you can easily add structure, colour and fragrance to your garden with a selection of beautiful potted shrubs.

Here are our favourites this season:

Best for Fragrance: Sarcococca Winter Gem

The best variety of this amazingly fragrant genus bred by the highly acclaimed British breeder Peter Moore.

Combining the best qualities from both its parents, ‘Winter Gem‘ produces larger than average dark, glossy, green leaves that emerge from the purple stems which during winter also hold a mass of the very attractive and highly fragrant flowers which fill the surrounding air with perfume. 

Best for Structure: Cornus Anny’s Winter Orange

Arguably one of the best Cornus for winter stem colour with its bright and vivid stems of orange and red that stand out in any situation. The colour of the stem changes as it goes up the stem from yellow at the base, through orange and then a bright red near the tips.

It looks stunning whether planted on its own or as a spectacle in groups. Other varieties produce similar colours but none seem to have the same vigour and intensity .as this one and often appear a little weak so this is sure one of the best. 

Best for Colour: Nandina Obsessed

This is by far the brightest coloured Nandina we have seen with vivid, bright red evergreen new foliage in spring, which then turns to a rich green colour for the summer before taking on attractive autumn colours. Flowers July. Height 60-70cm; spread 50-60cm. Supplied in a 3 litre pot.

A Garden Is Surely Not Complete Without Roses

Growing a rose garden is immensely satisfying! Their beautiful and fragrant blooms will lift your mood and are attractive to bees. Our roses are supplied as bare roots for the best quality plants at the best price. With roses due to be in short supply this year and the autumn being a great time to plant, now really is the best time to buy.

Our range features award winning varieties like the gorgeous Belle de Jour which has won the coveted title of RHS Rose Of The Year for 2021 and the Joie de Vivre which has been named a ‘Which? Best Buy’ AND was Rose Of The Year in 2011! With many years of breeding, trialling and judging, our selection this year really is the best of the best!

Roses possess an ancient history from fossilised findings millions of years old, to references 7000 years ago. Noted by Shakespeare and collected by Empress Josephine, a rose should be reliably by your side in any garden. Romantic and very English, although their origins lie in Asia, they provide years of pleasure, whether in the form of rose bushes or climbing rose plants entwined up walls. That’s why we’ve put together a fun 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Roses to celebrate!

And if you love cut flowers… Dobies have put together a Timeless Collection of international award-winning Hybrid Tea roses that are grown for cut flowers and not forgetting highly scented to fill your home with a beautiful fragrance.

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