The day didn’t start off promisingly. Rather than a luminous dawn, it was murky and dank. I awoke to the drip-drip of rain coming in through the leaky bedroom window.
Even the dogs were unenthusiastic about going out into the garden.
This bench has never looked less inviting.
No one wants to come out and play.
Not even Rosa ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’ and she is always up for a laugh.
I drank my cup of tea disconsolately.
The only sparkle I could find was coming from the raindrops on the Lime tree.
This tree deals with adversity with good grace. She spreads her fingers and toes out, grounds herself, and stands up tall.
She helped me see the warm coral of Rosa ‘Summer Song’. Not just in the bloom, but in the leaf stems, and on the picotee edging of the last leaves.
This geranium leaf may be cold and soggy, but it still has chutzpah. Even with frostbite at its fingers!
Geranium ‘Anne Thomson’ may have finally run out of steam, but she’s going to bed with a hot toddy to warm her cockles.
Even a cobweb can make the best of a bad job.
All through the summer and autumn, the Salvias have been providing me with vivid spikes of eye-candy. Now they are looking to me to jolly them along.
I don’t need to. Geranium magnificum has stepped in.
This is Rosa ‘Hot Chocolate’ (what a fabulous idea!). Delicious with nutty praline…
Or with cherry brandy and a blazing fire.
These poor umbels look in need of sustenance.
I can see a subtle beauty in the dried flowerheads of herbs, but it is a very small wonder.
Rosa ‘William Shakespeare 2000’ may have over-indulged. He looks like he slept in the gutter. I’ll give him a shake and bring him into the warmth.
Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris reminds me of Christmas spices: cloves, cinnamon, star anise and cardamom.
I don’t need to go far today. I should wrap up warm, cradle a mug, and be thankful I have a roof over my head. A little bit of chocolate might help too.
What brings you comfort on a dull day? What are your favourite indulgences when its cold outside?
The Mindful Gardener is biding her time until spring. Chocolate and Christmas baubles help.
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