Survivors December 2019

Today was the third bright, sunny, and cold one in a row. Given that overnight temperatures are in the low minuses, I wandered around the garden to photograph some of the albeit somewhat poorly looking surviving flora.

Two that seem to bloom continuously are the yellow bidens

and the white solanums from last year.

A few primulas,



and pansies linger.

The yellow antirrhinums refuse to die.

Mrs Popple

and Delta’s Sarah are two of the still flowering fuchsias.


vibernum bodnantense Dawn,

and clematis Cirrhosa Freckles we may expect to enjoy at this time of year;

but not the hebes.


Paul’s Scarlet,

Just Joey,


Winchester Cathedral,

and Festive Jewel carry the baton for team roses.

Hoards of Hunnish sparrows occupy the hawthorn, swooping on

sad little Muggle’s

feeder for which he has to wait his moment,

while more of Attila’s marauders concentrate on the front garden robin’s seeds.

We didn’t see Nugget today.

This evening we dined on Hordle Chinese Take Away’s excellent fare with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank Chateau Pinenc Minervois 2017.



Published by derrickjknight

I am an octogenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs. In these later years much rambling is done in a car.

77 thoughts on “Survivors December 2019

  1. I amazed at the roses hanging on. Your garden is somewhat protected though, and the plants nested around each other. That must help. It s good to see beauty linger on in your gardens!

    I hope Nugget is alright.

  2. this is fantastic series of your great floral images.
    My fav is the fifth one down – the red against the fence – Randall that clarity – really like that one and I am going to peek again

  3. Don’t you just love all those little persistent stragglers, who keep going in the face of looming adversity. Should serve as inspiration to us all… Beautiful bird photos too!

  4. Your beautiful flower photos have brought me joy today, Derrick! And I love learning the flowers names! Thank you!
    I hope Nugget is fine. I do worry about him, too.
    PS…My internet was out for over 24 hours, but watch out! I’m back on-line now! πŸ™‚

  5. I love the Festive Jewel and the Muggel… many beautiful flowers surviving and a variety of beautiful birds. Great photos, Derrick. Tell me about Chateau Pinenc Minervois 2017. Is it red or white? Dry or fruity or sweet? I’ve never heard of it before.

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