We have had a sudden change in the weather this week, much more how it should be now that it is winter. We have changed from warm and wet to frost and fog, the last two days have started out really foggy. Thursday the fog didn’t lift all day, the sun only finally breaking through just in time to set, so annoying when travelling through the next village and town and they had wall to wall sunshine all day! The frost has been quite hard so hopefully all the nasties are getting dealt with at last.
My six for this week are…….
Cotoneaster horizontalis has now joined in with the autumn tints, although these are now winter tints! All the berries have gone and soon all thse leaves will have vanished too.
My quince hedge, chaenomeles, is starting to make lovely flowers once more by the back door. This will flower on and off all winter depending on how much frost we have. I have found that by keeping it trimmed as a hedge, the flowers keep coming all winter.
There are still plenty of rosehips in the garden, these belong to Rosa Bonica by the steps onto the lawn. The other day I found a squirrel eating them!
It won’t be long now before Iris reticulata Pauline which live on the alpine scree, will be flowering, they are usually my first little iris to flower. I’ve made sure that all the leaves have been cleared away from round them as usually the slugs or snails usually hide there and chew through the flower stems.
While taking my photos for todays post, I was getting dripped on by the fog on the branches, so managed to capture a few foggy drops!
There are still a few berries left on the purple Berberis by the front door, they stand out now that most of the leaves have gone.
There we have my six for this week. Leaves are still coming down from the trees and shrubs, I’m trying to clear all the leaves where I know I have bulbs that will soon be coming through, as well as still raking them from the lawn. At the same time there are preparations to do for a certain event happening later this month, I will be guided by the weather!
Thanks again to Jim at Garden Ruminations for organising us, do pay him a visit to see what other gardeners are getting up to this week.