Monday, November 4, 2019

The Back Garden in November

Ready to visit the back garden?  Here is the view of it from my back door (the sliding glass door):

Back Garden

From a slightly different angle, showing the side of the detached garage to the left of the picture:

Looking to the Left

Taken from near the side gate; the large pine tree at the back is in a neighbor's backyard:

Towards the Right Corner

There are chrysanthemums, here, too - this one decided to sprawl all over the walkway:


I'll know to stake it up, next year!

One of the newer additions to the garden - friend M gifted me with this butterfly bush (Buddleia) and planted it for me:

Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)

I am looking forward to seeing it grow and flower.

This is the rose I posted, earlier.  Again, I don't remember the name, but, it is one of the few roses that have survived in my garden.

A Rose with no Name

Nearby, the oranges are still forming on the orange tree:


Next to the orange tree, the one pineapple guava tree that is doing well is laden with fruit:

Pineapple Guava/Feijoa
I picked several guavas, yesterday and another lot, today.   I've been eating them as snacks and dessert.

But, in contrast, this pineapple guava tree in the side yard is drying up:

Ailing Pineapple Guava Tree

I think it is getting too much sun and, probably, not enough water.  We might try pruning it to see if it revives. 

Along the back wall, the oleander bushes are flowering:

Pink Oleander

Next to the oleander, and trying to overpower it, is the euphorbia tirucalli.  What I have is the regular green kind, not the more popular "sticks of fire" which have reddish-orange tips.  It has grown from a cutting M gave me some years ago and is now trying to take over the garden!  M says he's never seen one so big!  I'm letting it grow because it provides some privacy from my back neighbor's upstairs windows:

Euphorbia tirucalli

In front of the euphorbia is the calamondin tree with the schefflera plant intertwined!  Once upon a time, we placed the potted schefflera under the calamondin tree for the shade it provided.  Later, when we tried to move it, we found that it had rooted itself very firmly in place!  So, we've left it there and it seems to be thriving.  The pine tree behind it is one I grew from a seedling I was given, years ago:

Calamondin/Schefflera Trees

Something else that is trying to take over this part of the back garden is this curry leaf tree (Murraya koenigii), growing behind the garage.  It has sent up suckers from its roots and I feel sorry to cut them all down!  I use the leaves as an herb when cooking curries, but I know that some people also make a type of chutney or sauce with it:

Curry Leaf Tree

Right now, there are lots of berries on the curry leaf trees:

Curry Leaf Berries

The berries turn inky black when fully ripe and are edible, although not eaten that much.  I've tried them and they have a licorice like flavor to me; unfortunately, I don't like licorice!

The hibiscus plant is looking better after M fed it with Epsom salts:


There are three Meyer lemon trees growing along the side of the garage and this winter's crop of lemons are ripening:

Those are mirabilis (four o'clocks) seedlings growing under the lemon tree.

That is the back garden in November.  I hope you enjoyed your guided tour of it! 


  1. Your garden is lovely. All those trees provide plenty of height, something I am sadly lacking in mine. And I'm definitely not jealous of all your fruit trees!!

    1. Thank you, Eileen. The trees also provide a bit of shade in the summer, when it is so necessary. Oh, I'm glad to read that you are not jealous of the fruit trees! :D

  2. Beautiful! And so many different types of plants/trees. The meyer many! Andrea

    1. Thank you, Andrea. Yes, I'm having another good crop of lemons. :)


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