Landgarten von Jutta und Michael Bongers am Niederrhein

Gardening in November & floristry from the garden

In the garden:
Most of the leaves have fallen from the shrubs & trees. Trees such as fagus, sweetgum, mulberry and maple keep their leaves for a good 14 days. Therefore, I am now starting to free the “finer” borders from the leaves and make them ready for winter.
By “fine” I mean most of our borders, which are located in the old orchards.
The planting has been chosen with early bulb bloomers such as crocuses, snowdrops and wild daffodils in front of and under the shrubs & trees. Adding with winter-blooming perennials such as cyclamen, Christmas roses and epimedium.

So that these can develop well, I take too much leaves from the borders and cut back all the perennials at the same time. So we can already enjoy blooming spots in the garden from January.
The spring roses in particular thank us very much here on the Lower Rhine when the old leaves are removed and the flower stalks can develop freely.


Floristry from the garden

Even though most trees and shrubs lose their foliage in winter and the perennials and grasses “disappear” above ground, there is still a lot to discover for a long time, at least until the first real frosts clog the perennials and grasses. Until then, many plant skeletons and seed heads sometimes present themselves artificially.

The pre-winter garden also offers a large fund for floristry: Trees such as the callicarpa, rose hips from roses, vines from clematis, and seed heads from perennials such as coneflower or veronicastrum can be used in a variety of floristic ways.




For today it is reported to be dry on the Lower Rhine. Enjoy Sunday with a nice walk through your own garden or in the beautiful landscape!



Uedemerbruch, November, 21st 2021