November has given way to December, and the days have raced along until Christmas is almost upon us.
After a few frosts, the temperatures have risen a little, giving us a run of mild dampish days buffeted by strong winds. While many days are also rather gloomy and grey, it is the clear sunny days that really lift the heart and draw me out into the garden – along with the cat.
The shortest day is now tucked behind us, though it will be a few months yet before we really feel the pull of spring drawing us onward.
A winter stalwart that always takes me by surprise is Anemone coronaria Mount Everest, which came into flower in mid-December.
But the bravest bloom of all, opening earlier than I have known before, the first daffodil along our front fence is in flower: Rijnveld’s Early Sensation. The other daffodil buds of this species continue to push up all along the fence line, to give us a very early splash of colour indeed.