Last weekend we walked by Lake Vico, a volcanic lake just south of us. As we were driving I saw a huge tree covered in red berries – surely not a Holly, but yes that’s what it was. I have never seen so many berries on a full size Holly in my life. They say that large numbers of berries mean that the winter will be hard; our forecast has also been predicting that this winter would be colder than average and would begin early.
Well, the forecast was correct, winter has arrived early, it is the 1st of December and I awoke to a very frosty white garden.
Marrubium incanum seeds around the garden and is a great groundcover as it is drought tolerant, evergreen (silver), has white flowers and attractive seed-heads.
Tanecetum always looks like a beautiful piece of embroidery to me; covered with ice crystals emphasises that impression.
Luckily the sub-zero temperatures had been forecast so I picked the flowers for the vase below earlier in the week. Please excuse the colours, it was quite dark when I took the photograph and my playing has just made matters worse!
When do you usually receive your first frost of the winter?