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A Brief Sunny Interlude...

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Gosh it has been wet here lately. We are really squelchy underfoot now. And yesterday we had a very hard frost which whited-out the whole garden. But in spite of that, the flowers have rallied in a short spell of winter sunshine which was so pretty I had to share it with you.

I begin with some of the roses…covered with raindrops, but undeterred by the hard frost. The most pleasing thing of all is that the foliage is still largely spot-free and green on the unpruned shrubs. So it makes all that fortnightly spraying with fungus fighter so worth the effort!

For a short time, the whole of the front garden was filled with beautiful rays of late autumn sunshine….

Some of the perennials and shrubs are still hanging on bravely….

And winter stars are beginning to shine, reminding me of the months ahead.

As I type this, the sun has been consumed within dark brooding clouds and the wind has begun to bite. So its back indoors, to enjoy the Christmas decorations and perhaps a good gardening programme…I spotted Monty’s ‘French Gardens’ on Netflix yesterday.

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Hi Karen, still looking good, just remember spring is on it's way, we just have to get through winter first, Derek.

6 Dec, 2018

 

Your roses still look wonderful. I have the odd straggly bloom, but nothing as bright as yours. And so tidy! Something to aspire to, through the mud and clay. Isn't it amazing how the Lupins give us a last blast before sleeping for the winter?

6 Dec, 2018

 

Are you sure you haven't moved everything south while we weren't looking? For December that just amazing and shortens the winter by a few weeks too!

6 Dec, 2018

 

Amazing Karen . . . and isn't Scotland beautiful?!

7 Dec, 2018

 

That is just amazing Karen, I haven`t a single rose left in flower., you would think yours is a garden in the south.

7 Dec, 2018

 

Gorgeous roses.

7 Dec, 2018

 

Our garden is in the South, Stroller, and it is nothing like Karen's! :O)

All that lovely colour still around. Beautiful!

7 Dec, 2018

 

It certainly is looking good, Karen. It must be a combination of hard work and good choices.

7 Dec, 2018

 

Thanks everyone. Im amazed myself tbh.

7 Dec, 2018

 

Lovely Karen, looking at your plants it's hard to believe they were covered in frost. Is that Cotoneaster Cornuba adjacent to the drive? Mine has flowers but never many berries.

8 Dec, 2018

 

It is Dawn. This is the first year that it has had a good show of fruit. I pruned it last year...that might be why. Poor thing thinks its days are numbered! I’m attempting to create a tree-like shape by removing the crossing and lower branches and encoraging it to grow upwards. :)

9 Dec, 2018

 

I've tried to make mine tree shaped too, trunk and round top, I will trim mine then too to see if it helps, bit scruffy aren't they, yet Hywel's always looks good.

9 Dec, 2018

 

Yes, I’veseen some great tree-like ones. I think if we keep at it we will eventually get good results!

9 Dec, 2018

 

Yes. :-)

11 Dec, 2018

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