When You’re Smilin’….

smilin'Last night gave us the first really noticeable frost in the garden, despite other recent forays into negative temperatures, but an early ramble proved that there was still plenty to smile about, with (clockwise from top left) bacopa, rambler ‘Rural England’, Campanula poscharskyana ‘Lisduggan’ and Crocosmia ‘Constance’ with Rudbeckia fulgens seedheads all shrugging off their icing-sugared leaves without complaint, not a frosty smile between them. Three of these four, I now realise, featured prominently in the last GBBD, the fourth contender then being Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ who was grimacing through gritted teeth this morning, not happy at all to have its triumphant progress through the season arrested by the vagaries of cooler seasonal weather.

Meanwhile, the steady progress of leaves on their journey from tree to ground has continued apace, and even in the absence of any breeze every glance outside will take in another leaf floating gracefully downwards. Won’t be long…..

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9 Responses to When You’re Smilin’….

  1. We had our first really hard frost last night…The garden is now gone through the end of the year. I started to look at the seed and plant catalogs.

  2. Annette says:

    How cold was it then? Still lucky here so far but the wind is rather chilly so to prolong the days of our banana’s beauty I wrapped a coat around its shoulders. Shouldn’t spoil them too much I know!

  3. Anna says:

    Definitely much colder here yesterday morning with the first appearance of ice. Was expecting more of the same this morning but was pleasantly surprised that it was much milder. You are right about the leaves Cathy – not many more to come down now. Poor old ‘Red Dragon’ – still it has done a stirling job this year and earned its keep.

  4. Angie says:

    Good to read you’ve still got a few things holding on in there! My Persicaria all bit the dust a week or so ago. I’ve found in my garden some of the shrubs are holding on tight to their leaves despite the weather but I think they won’t be long either!

    • Cathy says:

      Only another big sweep or two needed, methinks! I too was surprised at what was still really green and healthy looking – but I found that last year too having then become more observant because of this blog.

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