Recommended for November colour : pineapple sage (Salvia elegans), the leaves of which really do smell deliciously of pineapple. I planted this one in the summer, and only now discover that it may not see out the coldest part of the winter (being a native of the very much warmer Mexico). In the meantime, I'm enjoying the brilliance of its flowers, and my fingers are crossed.
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You could try transplanting it and bringing inside. I know several peple who do this with their herb gardens with varying degrees of success.
Lovely to have a bit of Mexican colour to brighten up a cold November!
Perhaps if you cover it with sackcloth or material or something to keep it warm - might it not survive then? Roses survive covered up here in Stockholm, where the temps can dip down to minus 20 or below.
Thanks - these are both good ideas. I'll ask at the nursery that sold me the plant and see which solution they recommend - perhaps some of that white fluffy stuff...?
Minus 20? I just read minus 20. That's bobble-hats-in-bed weather!
Yep - definitely bobble hats full skisuit in bed kind of weather. Luckily, the Swedes have insulation and good heating, so regular pjs or your birthday suit are OK.
So, if roses can survive, I'm sure your plant can. Just remembered that you are supposed to put bark strips around the roots and then cover them up for the winter. Our neighbours' roses have flowered gloriously for the past 8 yrs, in spite of cold weather... (Not always down to minus 20 C, thank goodness!!)
That plant's got a view to die for dammit!
Ahh, but it has it's moment of glory in Carmine Superior, no?
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