Regular readers may remember I rarely have flowers around in winter even in the best of years, so it's even more unlikely in my spring- and summer-flowering garden. I've planted a winter-flowering clematis (C. cirrhosa 'Freckles') and a Viburnum davidii this year to up the quota, but they're still establishing themselves and resolutely refusing to flower. And one of the little tragedies of my year has been that the Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata' I planted last spring - one of my desert island plants - really, really hates my acid soil and is languishing sorrily in my front garden at the moment with only a few miserable-looking leaves left. Must dig it up again and put it in a pot before it turns up its toes altogether.
However - a little walk around my garden with my camera, more in hope than expectation, and look what turned up:
the slightly spooky seedheads on my Rudbeckia 'Herbstsonne'
Camellia flowers looking promising
Pyracantha 'Saphyr Jaune' - the only one not stripped by the birds weeks ago
beefy puffballs of cardoon (Cynara cardunculus)
And there was I feeling grumpy and cabin-feverish and thinking I had nothing to look at. Feeling much better now, thanks!