We were tidying out the garage in September and I came across a couple of bags of daffodils which we hadn’t got round to planting out last year. They felt rather soft, but we put them in the ground anyway, just in case. And guess what, they’re not only alive, they’re already producing shoots – it’s been so warm they think it’s spring!
In fact it’s been so mild this November that the hellebores have come into flower and the wall flowers haven’t stopped flowering. The echiums have been doing well and they’ve continued to grow during the long warm autumn, so that, after four years of failure, I’ve got some hope that they’ll have enough strength to come through the winter. And because there’s been so much more colour and life around than is usual at this time of year I’ve made a slideshow of the garden in November. Still bleak on the whole, so the music, appropriately, is Jacque Brel singing “Ne me quitte pas”.