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Colourful autumn garden

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.

Lou Messugo November garden 06

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.

Lou Messugo November garden 24

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

Lou Messugo November garden 23

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.

Lou Messugo November garden 11

Sun shining through the wisteria.

Lou Messugo November garden 10

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.

Lou Messugo November garden 22

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..

Lou Messugo November garden 15

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

Lou Messugo November garden 20

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

Lou Messugo November garden 21

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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  • Guest
    chickenruby Monday, 30 November 2015

    those temps are similar to our current ones in Dubai for winter, love how yours are dropping though soon, ours don't. i love the pictures of the fungi, they like very magical

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    Ness Sunday, 29 November 2015

    What sunshine and beautiful flowers in November. That temperature drop is going to be felt!

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    Claudia Sunday, 29 November 2015

    a glorious autumn indeed! what a burst of color!. great shots

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    Stephanie Robinson Thursday, 26 November 2015

    The weather is a bit crazy isn't it - ours has finally turned. It's cold and often wet or drizzly but not really that crisp cold yet. Lovely to see that you still have so much colour, love the berries and those mushrooms #hdygg

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    http://Gemma Garner Thursday, 26 November 2015

    Colourful Autumn indeed! Having roses in flower for so long must have been nice - do you cut any for the house or leave them on the plant? We have a yellow rose in the front garden and the flowers smell amazing but I can't bring myself to cut them off. Beautiful photos and enjoy the rest of the warm weather :)

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    kriss macdonald Thursday, 26 November 2015

    Oh my all that colour and heat in November - bliss! Those ink caps are rather nutty and marvellous looking too.

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    Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault Monday, 23 November 2015

    We can't boast quite that amount of colour up here in Normandy but the leaves have been fabulous this autumn and there have been plenty of flowers blooming on and on through November. I even saw foxgloves a couple of days ago on my walk and these usually flower in June!

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    Phoebe Tuesday, 24 November 2015

    It seems most of France has had good weather this November which is good for morale during these trying times.

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    Charly Dove Monday, 23 November 2015

    Oh wow just beautiful, so many colours! I do love this time of year although it always seems to disappear way too quickly. Already we have bare trees over here, such a shame the reds were incredible!

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    Phoebe Tuesday, 24 November 2015

    Around here most trees are evergreen so we don't get the bare tree winter look. Even the oaks only lost their leaves in spring when the new ones push through. It's odd but rather nice!

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    Sarah Bailey Saturday, 21 November 2015

    There is something amazing about the colours of an Autumn garden.

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    Richard Saturday, 21 November 2015

    After weeks of mild, but often very wet, weather, with temperatures in the mid teens, today in Sussex we have an arctic gale and temperatures with wind chill just above zero - and flurries of snow for an hour or two this morning.
    What's a wig tree? Sounds a bit hairy to me.

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    Phoebe Tuesday, 24 November 2015

    So funny Richard. A wig tree is also known as Venetian sumach, smoke bush or Cotinus coggygria. Does that help? It has purple leaves and fluffy "flowers". We have one by the pool and one down near the ancient gnarled (dead) olive tree.

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    Stephs Two Girls Friday, 20 November 2015

    wow that still all looks so gorgeous, am very envious. Autumn disappeared way too quickly here!

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    Abi - Angel Eden Blog Friday, 20 November 2015

    What wonderful pics, my garden currently looks nothing like this!

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    Catherine Friday, 20 November 2015

    Our garden is dark and damp and most unattractive. Your garden looks lovely

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    Phoebe Tuesday, 24 November 2015

    I'm sure yours isn't unattractive Catherine, that's hard to imagine.

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    Kara Friday, 20 November 2015

    Oh I wish it were that temperature here. The temps are starting to plummet and the trees are bare! I would love some colour in our garden

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    Oana79 Thursday, 19 November 2015

    I know, Phoebe, mum lives in Romania and was saying they had had an incredibly mild autumn there as well. But I do think they say that is sign of a long and harsh winter, so we will see how this progresses into December!xx

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    Phoebe Tuesday, 24 November 2015

    What I find nowadays is it's all about extremes, so we're likely to get a freezing winter or very wet or something unusual I reckon.

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    Lori Thursday, 19 November 2015

    what abeautiful autumn garden you have with all those colours, lovely that you're havingmild weather in France we have rain and grey at the mo! x

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    Phoebe Tuesday, 24 November 2015

    We rarely get grey here. Rain sometimes, but rarely grey which is so good for the soul!

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    Sonia Thursday, 19 November 2015

    Such beautiful photos, I just love Autumn and the colours it brings so much :)

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    JuggleMum, Nadine Hill Thursday, 19 November 2015

    Can I come take a walk with you every week? Those colours are lovely!

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    cass Thursday, 19 November 2015

    Those colours are beautiful - so different from what I see when I look out of my window right now x x

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    Jen Thursday, 19 November 2015

    So different from the dark, brown damp UK garden that is what I have at the moment. Mud everywhere!

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    Phoebe Tuesday, 24 November 2015

    Oh dear! Mud everywhere doesn't sound much fun unless you're a 5 year old perhaps!!

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    angela hamilton Thursday, 19 November 2015

    wow what a stunning garden!! Beautiful photos, amazing colours just lovely

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    sara Thursday, 19 November 2015

    Wonderful garden! It's like a botanic garden!

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    Phoebe Tuesday, 24 November 2015

    Thanks Sara, it doesn't really look like a botanic garden, there are far too many weeds in between each cleverly photographed glowering plant! :o

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