Weather in December has been variable to say the least. It has also varied in different parts of the country, we down in the south west have escaped the worst of the weather. Other areas have deep snow and temperatures have been down to – 13C, out lowest temperature has been -4C and so far , no snow. In spite of all this, there are still a few flowers in the garden, a few hanging on from autumn but a few are early winter blooms.
I noticed my first primrose the other day and there are lots of buds to come.
We were told that it would be a hard frost last night, so the heater was switched on in the conservatory for the plants that had been brought in from the garden. When I got up this morning and looked out of the window, I didn’t see much white at all. The rest of the country is having to cope with snow and ice, but once again we have escaped the worst of the weather.
What we did have though was a beautiful sunrise.
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Finally, I have got all the leaves swept up from the lawn. I’m sure a few more will find there way there but they can be removed by the lawn mower when next used. The last part of the lawn to be cleared was the circle up by the pond and pergola.
It took me 3 sessions to clear this lot.
I was once again, too soon to post about my acers final fling. If I had waited another couple of days, the final colours would have been showing, a real Wow with burnt orange blazing in the back garden.
The light was just right when I turned around while sweeping up leaves. I quickly downed the rake and went and fetched the camera.
Isn’t it lovely when you come unexpectedly upon a little gem in the garden. At other times it might be the light that is just right to illuminate a plant showing it as you have never seen it before. Even though it might be cold, wet and miserable, there are still little vignettes to gladden the soul.
My first little gem is Iris unguicularis Walter Butt, flowering by the drive, it was almost hidden amongst all the leaves.
Yes, we got there and it didn’t take a week, only a few days later, my large Acer had changed colour! All three Acers are now looking beautiful together although A.Sangokaku and A.Osakazuki have lost a few leaves already.
All three together.
At this time of year I’m always looking at the Acers in the garden to see their changing colours. When I was away at half term, I was hoping that I wouldn’t come back to all the leaves sitting on the grass!
A. Osakazuki by the arch into the woodland. All the leaves thankfully still on the tree.
I have just spent a wonderful week with my daughter and “the boys” in Bristol. The boys include my son in law, two grandsons, and Finn, the dog! When I arrived and looked out of the back window, there was the most amazing splash of orange berries at the top of their garden.
Orange berried Pyracantha at the top of the garden.
Each day brings new colours to the foliage in the garden. But each day brings more wind and rain, which brings more leaves down as soon as they have been swept up, it is never ending at this time of year! Come and join me in a wander round the garden to see what the latest storm has left for us.
Starting in the front drive, Hostas seem to be melting back into the ground. This was Hosta seiboldii, the leaves are huge due to all our rain.
Looking out of the windows onto the garden, there didn’t seem to be many flowers to be seen. It wasn’t until I started wandering round the garden that I found flowers, one here, one there, some hiding in the decaying foliage of other plants and some just waiting to be photographed. I started by the front entrance, so do come for a walk with me.
Looking lovely at this time of year is Mahonia Charity