On Wednesday morning this week the sun came out and the sky was a beautiful blue; and because the sky had been shades of grey for so long, it took my breath away!
I joined the under-gardeners and the Spice Girls to frolic in the garden in the sunshine. Ginger Spice's feathers shone like burnished gold and polished copper. Look, her new crest is growing, the feathers busting out of the quills.
The sun soon hid behind a cloud, but in the garden Cornus 'Midwinter Fire' continued to glow. This is one of the best shrubs in the garden, once it gets going it never fails to add the 'Wow!' to the winter border. It's now sending up little suckers so I'm planting up new patches to add more fire to the mid-winter garden; and when I prune out half the stems in February I can take even more cuttings – for a firey forest maybe?!
Against the red-brick garden wall the silver variegated Holly still has red berries. Are the birds saving them for later cold snaps or is there just too much choice of berries to feast on?
Tarragon has a spring in his step! He knows the year has turned and his hens are coming back into lay. Time to dance the Pasa Doble with his favourite, Saffron Spice ;-)
You can see more gorgeous colour in
Emma's Splash of Colour flickr pool.