Sunday, 20 November 2011
A misty start to the morning but I am feeling in need of fresh air so I head outdoors.
I am joined by the hens, who now follow me around as soon as I step outside the back door.
The rake and my new leaf-grabbers, plus a fair few black sacks, are my companions for a bracing clearing up of fallen leaves. I always make leaf compost and next year I am going to use it for this.
It feels like a thankless task when I have a tree that is still positively laden with yellow leaves.
The heavy dew looked dramatic on the dark green leaves on my bear's breeches.
Which is surprising me with a late flush of flowers.
Whereas my hellebore has one early flower.
And the muscari I planted just a few short weeks ago are starting to green up my pots.
My greenhouse is looking promising too. I'm feeling a bit nervous about planting out these seedlings now that the weather is getting decidedly cooler but maybe I should just bite the bullet and see what happens. If they don't survive, I can always sow more in the spring.
And look what has happened indoors! One of my amaryllis has flowered four weeks early! I planted them carefully so that I might have flowers on Christmas day!