Sue at Backlane Notebook has set herself a challenge to cut greenery and, if possible, flowers from her garden during the winter. Hedgerow finds are allowed if things get desperate. I'm a latecomer to the project but I thought I'd venture out to see if there were any spots of colour. I was surprised at what I found amongst the crispy perennials and dead leaves.
I think the prolonged warm weather in autumn kept things flowering for longer and brought forward some Spring favourites*. I bunged them in a cheery tomato can and the table looked brighter immediately.
Tomorrow I'll be hosting a bloghop for January's Making Winter Week. The focus will be on wintry comfort. We'll be sharing cheery creativity to help us through to Spring. Click the link or the Making Winter partcipant list at the top of this page to find out more about the project.
It would be especially fantastic to build up a resource of easy-ish baking recipes for everyone to call on during grey days when we could all do with a pick-me-up. If you've got a good comfort baking recipe and don't mind sharing it then join in with the bloghop and Thriftyhbousehold and I will collate an online Baking Winter Cookbook.
*I found fennel (both flowers and new ferny leaves), winter-flowering jasmine, a hellebore, ivy berries and leaves, wintersweet (the latter two are favourites of Alice) cotoneaster, perennial wallflower, snowberry, and viburnum.