It has been pretty chilly here for over a week, with temperatures barely rising above 2ºC; we had a little snow on Tuesday but it is snowing again now, with heavy snow showers forecast for much of the evening. Not Arctic weather, by any stretch of the imagination but, in the circumstances, the prolonged flowering of Echinops ‘Arctic Glow’ (above) seems to suggest a resilience to the cold rather than the whiteness of the bloom. In truth, the plant had been cut back in late summer but had produced new shoots and about three blooms a couple of months later, which seems pretty remarkable – and needs to be added to my Boxing Day total. Their only response to the cold was a certain drooping of the stems, unlike the preserved-in-ice appearance of this stray Japanese anemone:
More applicable to the season is the appearance of blooms on more of my witch hazels – after the coppery cloured varieties, the reds are my next favourite, and this is Hamamelis ‘Diane’:
A seasonal surprise on my rambles today was the hint of colour on this Cyclamen coum…
…and a seasonal task is the planting out of the Winter Sunshine sweet peas in the greenhouse:
To finish my Six on Saturday contribution, which I will link to our host Jon the Propagator’s blog, I would like to share these optimistic autumn fruiting raspberries, one of a number of stems of very slowly ripening fruits…whether they will ripen before they rot is anyone’s guess!