The Slope on Thursday 12th December

The weather continues to be very enjoyable.  From Monday there haven’t been any frosts and the days have been warm and sunny.  Strangely there are still leaves on the Wisteria, less on the part of the pergola in front of the kitchen but still masses in front of the sitting room.  The sun is low in the sky and pours into the kitchen sometimes making it hard to see the computer screen; but I find it even harder the close the inner shutter to keep the sun out!

This morning it was very hard to take photographs of the slope because the sun was so bright so some of the angles might be slightly different to usual, I do try to be consistent so it is easy to compare the different weeks.

The usual view, fogged a little by the bright light

The usual view, fogged a little by the bright light

The panicums don't do well with no water in summer but there are a few seed heads to add a little sparkle

The panicums don’t do well with no water in summer but there are a few seed heads to add a little sparkle

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Pennisetum villosum has succumbed to the frost

Pennisetum villosum has succumbed to the frost

Solanum jasminoides still has lots of flowers, such a good value plant

Solanum jasminoides still has lots of flowers, such a good value plant

Ground-cover verbena has flowers still

Ground-cover verbena has flowers still

Looking up from the gate

Looking up from the gate

Looking up, lots of green but no leaves or fruit now on the Persimmon

Looking up, lots of green but no leaves or fruit now on the Persimmon

I mentioned last week that the lower part of the slope actually forms a frost pocket, this is obvious when you look at the Pennisetum villosum which is now totally dead above ground, even though its flowers are still beautiful.  In other parts of the garden the Pennisetum are still alive as shown in my Wordless Wednesday post yesterday.  Other than this nothing much has changed on the slope except of course the Eschscholzia are growing bigger each day!

Has cold weather affected your garden, is there a plant that survives in one place but dies back in another?

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19 thoughts on “The Slope on Thursday 12th December

  1. Still no real frost but the garden is decidedly wintery but in a dark and gloomy kind of way. We’re suffering from lots of foggy, grey weather at the moment. So your sunshine post is brightening up my study.

  2. only one frosty morning last week Christina, the garden is very wet and wintery and this past week we have even had a day where the temps went into double figures 12C. I would though prefer your frost and sun to our damp and grey,

    I’ve had several plants in the past become thugs in my little front garden only to become shy demure plants when transferred to the larger garden, some even died off, however the opposite has happened with an aster (do not know the name), in the front garden it spread but never grew more than about a foot tall and flowers were nothing special, 2 years ago I moved some to the damp meadow and it did sooo much better growing to well over 2 feet and flowering well, earlier this year I moved some more to the newly planted area of the birch garden also a shaster daisy that had only performed moderately in the front garden, despite the very wet and at times windy weather both did very well, it has taken me a long time to realise you have to move a plant until you find the right place for it, Frances

  3. Interesting to see how the Pennisetum collapses with the frost, nto a good candidate for winter interest in a frosty climate! I do so love the prostrate rosemary, such wondeful texture, and with the cypress towering behind it, very architectural too. I share you dislike of shutting out thw winter sun when the angle makes it impossible to see the screen, but my other half would, I think, be happy living in a cave, we are in constant “negotiations” about when/iff to close curtains when we are in the same room!

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