20160106_010The usual view to the east, in winter guise.

Temperatures dropped in the kind of cold snap supposed to be detrimental for container plants. I think I might lose the lavender, but the clematis, the ivy, the physalis and the hellebores all survived last winter and similar freezes, so who knows? The roses are a new challenge. I hope they make it – I have my eye on a couple of new additions for spring.

20160107_016I dug out my antique English hyacinth glasses at last. The bulbs will be languishing under hats in the stairwell for a few more weeks.

20151231_003I was looking forward to the pink hellebore re-flowering, but at the moment it looks like this: