Tuesday at Two (November 5th)

Just one week to go before completing a whole year of “Tuesday at Two”, and the gradual change from autumn to winter is very noticeable now.


A few winter pots are dotted around for some cheer when the sun doesn’t shine, but November has been wet but kind so far, with plenty of sunny intervals.


Have you planted any winter containers yet?


43 thoughts on “Tuesday at Two (November 5th)

  1. your garden does look very different, I can see the sun shining creating shadows in your images so today must be pleasant! I haven’t planted my containers yet; it is late but the plants from summer are still flowering away and it seems a shame to lift them.

    • It’s been sunny but cold today Christina – but tonight it’s absolutely bucketing down! I love to see something flowering on the steps when I come home, and the violas are so cheerful.

  2. I love when the leaves fall and the trees open their branches to the sky. I will change my containers in a few weeks when I begin to get ready for the holidays. Hard to believe it is November!

  3. I love watching the changes in your yard. Our winter containers couldn’t have any thing growing.. we’ve got such low temperatures. So I will soon be filling pots with green florist foam and “planting” fresh evergreen boughs instead:Dxx

    • Hi Barbara. “Planting” evergreen boughs sounds like a good idea! Although we often get really long cold spells, we are usually lucky and it doesn’t get really cold until January, so I can enjoy the pots for a couple of months. I love violas. πŸ˜€

    • My pots looked great until January last winter, and then I had to watch the hebe and violas shrivel in the frosts! But the violas came back in spring and lasted all summer in most of the containers! πŸ˜€

  4. You view looks inviting. It is hard to believe it’s been a year since you began Tues. at Two. What is planted along with the Viola? Makes a nice pairing. I am so “done” with gardening for a while, so no pots. Still have some daffodil bulbs to plant though.

    • The pink plant is Calluna vulgaris – they are sold for seasonal planting everywhere here, in various shades of red, pink, white or purple. Very cheery pot-fillers!

  5. Goodness, I do admire your consistency, posting every week like that! I love the way your view has changed so much, always beautiful, but so different in character from week to week, season to season. I don’t have any winter containers – not many containers of any kind in fact – though once the rest of the garden is more sorted I will probably get back to it. I do, though, have lots of self-sown pansies and violas littered around the place, brightening up the oddest corners.

    • I’ve been looking back at the whole year and it has been such a good exercise to note the changes, light etc… The violas never survive long in my ground as it dries out so much in the summer, but I had several from last winter that lasted in pots until August!

  6. That’s pretty impressive to think of following through for one full year, Cathy! I’ll be curious to see if you do something similar or create a new pattern for the year to come. Your container is so sweet. I haven’t done anything specific for winter, and that is such a good idea. I will!

  7. One more week, wow! The pansies look great, and the whole view looks friendlier with the patches of sun across the lawn.
    I’m trying pansies this fall and winter but I think like you I’ll need to find them a hideout for when January comes. They just looked so fresh when I was looking for chrysanthemums that I had to give them a try… usually you don’t find them here until spring.

    • The sun on the grass is lovely (when it comes out!) but by 3pm the sun is already disappearing behind the hill on the other side of our valley, so it gets very dull so early. I think I need a new garden decoration for winter: a big yellow globe on a tall stick that I can light up on dull days! πŸ˜‰

  8. You still have lovely green grass and beautiful flowers! So wonderful to see…I fear I may be sick of snow already. πŸ˜‰ I can’t believe it’s been a year of Tuesday at Two posts already…I’m excited to see what year two brings!

    • I think snow would brighten things up a bit here, but I do feel for you. Your winters are so long. Hope you at least get lots of sunshine! πŸ˜€

  9. Wow! Can’t believe you have almost completed an entire year! That is wonderful and dedicated. Can’t wait to see what you do with the photos and observations. No winter pots yet, working on fall tasks still!

    • My pots might freeze by January, so I want to enjoy them for as long as possible. The geraniums are slowly being replaced with violas etc. and an Advent planter is in the making!

  10. It has rained a lot here too, so I certainly won’t touch the soil for a bit. Well, we’re in for a winter break anyway which is no harm. Lovely pot planting, Cathy. I planted some with ornamental cabbage, aster and grasses but to be honest, the summer display is still to beautiful to be thrown on the compost heap.

    • I also still have summer plants ooutside, including a huge geranium outside my front door… I’ve taken cuttings, so will leave it there until the frosts get it!

  11. I have only just appreciated that you have a fantastic year long diary of your own garden as well as sharing it with us. It must have been very rewarding to have kept. I am still planting pots up for the winter here!

  12. Wow Cathy – nearly a year, that really is an achievement! I hope you will take us through them πŸ™‚
    I have pansies, herbs etc and various bits for colour in pots on windowsills – a little burst of colour does me good especially now the days are darker for longer.

    • Hi Claire
      Colour is important to me too in the winter, even the green moss in the shady parts of the garden is a welcome sight! Have a good weekend Claire! xx

  13. I like your planted winter pots, Cathy. Calluna vulgaris and violas are a very pretty combination.
    I donΒ΄t plant any winter containers as there is no sheltered place around our house.
    Have a lovely Sunday, Cathy, although there will be rain and grey sky tomorrow…

  14. Your yard always looks so nice Cathy. I wish I was together enough this year to have winter containers but I have been lazy lately spending more time indoors.–bad me. Hope you are well my friend. πŸ™‚

    • Hi Nancy! We’re in the midst of another grey November, but those little flowers have brought a smile to my face every day so far! πŸ˜‰ I also found some fresh raspberries in our store yesterday, so I’m happy! It’s a lazy time of year… we need to reserve energy and store calories for the big freeze… if it ever comes this year. Take it easy and have a lovely Sunday. Hope all’s well with you too Nancy! xx

    • It’s very damp and the moss on the “lawn” is thriving, which we are very pleased about! I’m sure there’s still time to plant something cheerful before winter arrives – we haven’t even had any frost yet. I wish you a safe journey home!

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