Gosh… is it that time already? Don’t worry I won’t bore regular visitors with another blog post on how I have just protected my Gunnera plant for the winter. Suffice to say it was done yesterday after predictions of frost and low temps overnight. We switched of the water supply to our outside tap then too.
This morning, the frost came as predicated. I went out with my camera early this morning as the sunshine warmed frost on my Arbour seat. Don’t you just love the shadows and light of this time of year?
Frost was also seen on Japanese Anemone flowers and a Hellebore (beside my tiny rock pool pond) that has been in flower for some time – out of season I should say. Another out of season, is a flower bud on my Clematis, Miss Bateman.
Leaves of Heuchera and Acer had an ice coating over them as they hugged the ground. I love the patterns and textures of them too. The seed heads of Klein Fontaine, an ornamental grass, was free from frost catching the early sunshine.
Meanwhile, behind my garden gate the sunshine doesn’t appear until afternoon. I went there to check on my newly protected Gunnera plant and smiled to see a suggestion of frost on the newly upturned leaves.
Not all in my garden had a good covering of frost this time. Between my gate and the Gunnera I spotted some ‘free from frost’ Fungi on a rotting piece of tree/log.
This was just a brief camera outing. Also seen in my back garden this morning were wonderful deep red leaves on my small Acers, red berries on my Cotoneaster tree, fluffy Clematis seed heads, Red Campion still in flower and Gentian flower buds trying to open but struggling with the cold.
Early evening in my front garden saw Sedums, Nepata, Penstemons, Lavender and the perennial wallflower Bowles’ Mauve flowering in the late sunshine. I must get a brief camera outing there soon before everything changes.
Cameras will be clicking in gardens all around the world just now recording the current changes, the best bits from the year, the disappointing bits, the ‘must move this’ in the Spring reminders as well as the ‘remember I planted this’ there!
For many of my gardening blog friends and visitors who can’t grow a Gunnera this last close-up photo of the flower spike is for you. I know it is the giant umbrella-like leaves that are the main attraction of this plant but the flowers really are quite extraordinary looking.
This year I have used hay again between the upturned leaves. I’ll probably add more material from the garden on top of these leaves as I tidy things up. The end-of-the-year garden tidy must be well underway in many gardens. How’s yours going?
All photos above were taken on October 25th 2010.