It’s hard to believe, as I sit here with snow falling in the freezing night sky, that at the beginning of the month the leaves were still showing autumn colours, both on and off the trees, and there were some late flowers in the borders. It really has been a month of change, illustrated perfectly by my instagram photos.
Autumn is a good time for grasses, the more showy flowers have faded and the low light seems to bring out all the golden and bronzy colours. On a misty morning they look stunning decorated in a myriad of sparkling dewdrops.
Right at the beginning of November we had the first frost, you can just see it on the grass in the background. Frosty mornings led to bright sunny days and I still couldn’t really believe that winter was on the way. See First frost!
Then it warmed up a bit, well no frosts anyway, and flowers continued to bloom.
Really not sure what this poppy was doing out in November but it shows how (relatively) warm it was.
This Echinacea was coming to an end but still looking beautiful in the cloudy but mild, middle of the month. And a bit wet by the looks of it.
At this point there were still lots of leaves on the trees and lots of colour and it felt very much like autumn. I started to think about what I could move and divide before the soil got too cold, and cutting back and raking leaves were the main jobs in the garden.
Hollyhocks hanging on til the last, but look at those shadows. If you want to see the rest of the photos on that list check out my instagram feed!
This was taken on the 23rd November, the last week where I actually warmed up as I worked. I love those soft colours.
One week later, this week, wind from the north, no leaves left after a windy few days, but still a bit of colour. And two hats, two hoods to keep my ears warm.
The east coast of Suffolk got quite a bit of snow today, 30th November, but we only got enough to settle this evening, hence the poor picture, but showing the transition from autumn at the beginning of the month to proper winter at the end.