…… not that you would guess it from the unseasonable blue skies and sunshine we have been blessed with today, unlike the wet and windy north west extremes of the UK and those parts of the northern hemisphere who already have snow. The stems of Sarcococca humilis, hung with clusters of tiny green buds, suggest though that we are indeed on the slippery slope to the end of the year as they prepare to open and diffuse their distinctive perfume into the nearby corners of the garden.
Not looking as promising but still seasonal is the variegated holly, dotted with barely a dozen or so berries and therefore unlike previous years before we gave it a serious haircut. I could only gaze open-mouthed at next door’s unpruned holly, smothered with more berries than you would need for a lifetime of Christmas wreaths and garlands:
Cutting back spent stems and leaves on some plants has revealed fresh new growth on others. Can anyone provide answers to these : I am sure the lost-label plant on the left is an artemisia but not what sort, and will the green leaves on the ophiopogon turn black or should I dig this part of the clump out?