However yesterday autumn went out in a spectacular way with one of those rare beautiful sunny days without being particularly cold. I couldn't believe my eyes when I walked up the garden and disturbed a Red Admiral butterfly! I don't think I've ever seen one in December before, although I have read that because they are hibernating butterflies they do appear occasionally on mild sunny winter days. No pictures as it flew off over the fields next door but I was inspired to go out and take a few photos. I had thought about a December in bloom post but that would have been rather short, so here are a random mix of photos of my December garden.
|Frost has killed off most of the Rocket flowers but a few survive.|
|Dame's Rocket (Hesperis matronalis). |
There's only one plant with a few flowers left but these have come back
into flower several times during the year after dead heading.
|Most of the annuals are history but |
this Calendula bud has survived in a sheltered spot.
|It's not only flowers which look decorative. |
Purple Curly Kale is one of the prettiest plants in the winter garden
and can be grown as an ornamental too.
|My favourite Dogwood (Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire').|
|Just a fun one turned upside down. Apart from the slightly blurry bits, |
would you have known these are my alder trees reflected in the pond?
Maybe only if you had really zoomed in on the upside down moorhen
(tiny thing bottom left)!
|I never remove the Sedum stems until about February.|
This one is 'Autumn Joy'.
|Maybe this is why they are called Coneflowers?|
Looks like a bird has been enjoying munching on these seeds.
|Even though the whole plant looks a total mess, |
the remaining Physalis fruit is still attractive.
|Something I've noticed a number of times after wet but mild(ish) weather are new plants|
germinating in situ on the seed heads of plants! This is a perennial plant called Gaillardia.
|And in the last light of the afternoon sun here he is helping my OH |
who has started to remove the diseased peach tree from my veggie patch.
I won't be posting again before Christmas so Season's Greetings to you all. I hope Santa brings you everything you asked for and here's hoping you have a wonderful overindulgent time. :-)