We live in a part of Ireland where it hardly ever freezes. The temperatures are mild in winter. And summer.
From autumn through to spring storms batter us from the west, treating us to horizontal rain. The sun doesn't come out as much as we'd like it to and skies are often overcast.
All this doesn't mean there isn't something to look at in the garden during this time of year. Some plants keep on flowering all through winter, like the calendula (marigold). However, I've never known hydrangeas to keep on giving.
Like this one. It sprang a flower bud in late autumn and came to full bloom. A bright blue splash of colour that I look at often through the window. It has started to get a bit rusty here and there from the wind though.
Another one,still in the pot, has now produced a bud.
This vinca (or periwinkle) was planted last spring/summer and has come on in leaps and bounds. Also producing its first flowers.
My white rose that just kept going from summer onward, but now seems to contemplate hibernating. Only 2 flowers at the moment.
A wild rose. Is it a dog-rose ? It was dormant for a while, but look at it now.
A lonesome feverfew flower.
Some of the daffies are well and truly about to pop. I can't boast about mine, because my neighbouring friends down the road, Maggie and Richard, had some flowering two weeks ago already.
Nature might freak out if the weather does decide to give us a spell of frost. And it could happen of course. It's not because we live in a mild climate zone that we can't get the surprise of a cold snap.
We'll have to take it as it comes.