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Once the heavy overnight frost fringing these heuchera leaves had thawed, the garden was warmed by the sun
which was low enough to light lily leaves and grasses,
while pearly jewels dripped from naked and semi-clad twigs,
and lingering rose leaves.
Autumn-hued hydrangeas hang on to life.
The first clusters of precocious onion-smelly alliums have pierced the soil,
and a pendulous leycesteria has already produced its kindergarten mobiles.
Shadows slanted across the Shady and
the Brick Paths.
Three winter flowering pink Viburnum Bodnantense Dawn,shrubs are doing what is expected of them.
One camellia has begun to flower and has even provided evidence that some flies are capable of making it through the winter.
This evening we dined on Jackie’s brilliant beef in red wine, boiled new potatoes, and piquant cauliflower cheese. I finished the merlot.