It is clear, cold and frosty. This last week has seen the frost that caught the nasturtiums. It feels as if winter has arrived. I was going to pass on making an arrangement this morning, preferring to keep inside, skipping the Earthly Joys of gardening, for the joys of reading . However the window cleaners turned up for the big annual and pre Christmas clean. I'm so pleased that it is after the storm as that left the whole house and garden covered with 'shredded tree' material and what looked like a bumper harvest of conifer seeds.
After I had moved all the pots out of the way, so that they can get access to clear out the gutters and wash and polish all the facias, I had worked up a cosy warmth, and a trip down the garden, yielded some Fuchsia Hawkshead stems, and a supporting frill of Arum maculatum.
I thought a few leaves of Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost', would be timely, but they were rather weather worn and tatty.
Keep warm and safe, and enjoy the simple of things in life such as a good book. I am currently reading Earthly Joys by Philippa Gregory. This is the first of two books. I bought both some time ago on the recommendation of my friend Jean who used to be a professional gardener. The writing is superb, the historical content cleverly woken in, and particularly riveting for any gardeners interested in the history of gardens and plant introductions. Yes I too would recommend this book.
I'm linking in as usual with Cathy, and wonder what other contributors will be sharing with this week. Of course, we are lucky to be an 'international' bunch, so there is the Joy of all climates and season to share.