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Flame and Fire and Winter Days

We are now into Autumn and our Liquidambar is aflame.  The acers are colouring up and in the street the great London Planes are dropping their leaves. So full is their leaf cover that they come every week to sweep up the fallen leaves that carpet the pavement.

We stash the aloes and cacti and agave  in the garage to over-winter them dry but light and frost proofed and put our less hardy plants under cover of netting or hessian to protect them as according to Lord Byron the English winter has already commenced – he claimed it started in August and it is already November!

Our garden has many grasses and other plants which we leave standing with their (dead) blossoms and frothy heads all winter for:grasses 30 oct 11

An important part in the winter landscape is played by the dead grasses and other herbaceous plants… Wreathed in snow or encased in ice they present a singularly graceful and fantastic appearance [Mrs William Starr Dana]

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Beverley Nichols wrote: Most people, early in November, take last looks at their gardens and then are prepared to ignore them until the spring. I am quite sure that a garden doesn’t like to be ignored like this… Especially since a garden knows how gay and delightful it can be, even in the very frozen heart of the winter, if you only give it a chance.

Our garden has much to offer in the winter. The clematis flower bravely against the cold and the early bulbs poke their heads up in January. P1000739 P1000705 P1000706 P1000709The frost and the snow offer wonderful vistas for photography as my husband’s photos regularly show. The crisp outlines of branches and grass heads against the grey skies or very blue/white skies of frosty days are stunning in their architectural forms.

So don’t forget your garden in the winter. Don’t cover it with dustsheets and wait for the spring in front of the cosy fire, in your favourite armchair, with the seed catalogues. Go out there and enjoy the different atmosphere – with gloves, boots, and scarf and hat it’s true but still with eyes that see the wonder.


We have gone out for a walk: Into my garden last week

God is at home

it is we who have gone out for a walk

into our garden

on mossy paths

through scented bushes and flowers that nod as we pass,

trees with apricot shaded branches against deep blue sky

furry buds of Spring though the blue sky means cold tonight and the buds must sleep a while longer,

the silence beyond the sound is here – look beyond to explore the silence and awaken to the now

God is not then, there was, will be, can be.

God is

and the ‘is’ is you.

God is within you

and within each flower, bush and bee

insect, worm and bacteria,

all that live in your garden

God is within them too.

Look and look again

wonder at at their beauty

and relish their life for it is all too short and yet lives on in each seed and bulb and root

and winter will frost them

and spring will bring them again to live in sunshine and rain

Our life is all too short

and full of care and woe

and yet,


for that moment,

we look beyond the silence

and know

we are here

in the now

and present in that now

then we are in God and God is within us and all of life