We are experiencing the most wonderful autumn in the South of France.  For several weeks now the mercury has been hitting the 20s, with a high of 28°c last week!  November is often lovely on the French Riviera but these temperatures are even higher than normal.  The garden is still full of colour, with a mix of autumnal berries, second bloomings, fungi and pretty leaves.  This is what it looked like yesterday, 18 November 2015.  Come take a walk with me.

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Just look at the colours in this cotoneaster!

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 Osteospurmum in front of jasmin leaves on the turn, with a splash of silvery-grey lavender..

Lou Messugo November garden 01

These roses have been flowering since May (with a tiny break in August when it was too hot).

Lou Messugo November garden 03

The mimosa is practically out – it shouldn’t be till late January at the earliest….

Lou Messugo November garden 04

Such a beautiful rich red.

Lou Messugo November garden 09

Another long flowerer (can you say that?)  The plumbago hasn’t stopped since July.

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The bougainvillea is still thriving, amongst some other autumn leaves.

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I love the light shining through this wig tree.

Lou Messugo November garden 02

More roses muddled in with a budding camelia.

Lou Messugo November garden 07

The ceanothus is having a second flowering after its first big one in April.

Lou Messugo November garden 05

Another cotoneaster, a more common red than the orange one above.

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Sun shining through the wisteria.

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There are plenty of different fungi,

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like these crazy ink caps taking over the lawn!

Lou Messugo November garden 12

There are several different osteospermum clumps still flowering.

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We planted an unusual white bottle brush where a lavender died this summer, just outside the gite door; it’s still got one flower left.

Lou Messugo November garden 14

The plumbago continues to look good with a fair amount of flowers still out..

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The osteospermum on the gite terrace isn’t as prolific now as its first bloom in April-May but it still has colour.

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I can’t remember what this is called but it still has a few little white flowers and pretty autumn leaves.

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Splashes of deep pink gaura and osteospermum.Lou Messugo November garden 17

More osteospermum and jasmin leaves.

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The bougainvillea won’t like the change of temperature that is apparently coming this way…

weather 18 Nov Roquefort les Pins

It looks like we’re heading for cooler temperatures at the beginning of next week, but the sun’s still there, can’t complain!  What’s your garden like these days?  Have you also had a warm autumn?

 

Take a look at what happens in the garden at Lou Messugo at other times of the year:

Wild spring garden

September Mediterranean garden

May garden

Go garden grow!

Oleander – the flower with power

Summer garden: flowers, weeds and bees

Spring garden – a photo essay

 

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autumn in the garden at Lou Messugo gite

 

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