Tuesday View (10th December) (and a Haiku)

Dark days, mist and fog,

muffling sounds, engulfing light

and warmth; Winter reigns


I waited until 2.30pm but the sun didn’t make it through low cloud today.


The Persicaria and Miscanthus (that was in the bottom left-hand corner) were tidied away last week just before the storm. The only colour I can spot now is a couple of hardy geranium leaves.

Hope your day is/was sunnier than mine! 😉

36 thoughts on “Tuesday View (10th December) (and a Haiku)

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  2. Oh Cathy sorry to read that the sun did not break through today. We saw an occasional glimpse of it but yesterday saw glorious sunshine and temperatures in double figures! All those beautiful shades of green, gold and grey clothing your rockery more than compensate for lack of flower colour.

    • Hi Anna. Glad you saw the sun… now I know it’s still up there somewhere! 😉 It’s typical December weather here, but perhaps we’ll be lucky and get some snow before Christmas…

    • Hi Uta! Yes, my woodpecker sits up there and I can see him from the house too. 😉 There is one rose bud left – it won’t open, but it looks quite pretty so I shall leave it standing.

  3. You do have some good color there–and I like the contrast between the tlaa trees and the ground huggers. Sunny and warming here–been below zero for several nights.

    • You are quite right… even with a grey sky there is still some pretty foliage and green too. Glad to hear the sun made a brief appearance. I think he’s gone on his holidays here!

  4. The geranium leaves are a nice focal point! For once we are at least this gray and tremendously cold! I’m hoping my garden survives unscathed. My poor little succulents aren’t accustomed to freeze. But then, neither am I!

    • Oh, so you got that terrible icy weather too? It was on our news! I do hope your plants haven’t been damaged too much. Hope it’s warming up for you again now!

  5. We are still having lots of sun and being further south than you it lasts longer into the day too; I’m appreciating that at the moment. A shame to remove the Miscanthus so soon, mine are at their best in January and February.

    • Not long until the days slowly start getting longer Christina. It IS a shame to cut the Miscanthus, but the only alternative is to tie it up tight in several untidy “bunches”, as some people do here… it was well past its best anyway! Do you cut yours back in spring then?

    • It was looking pretty awful Annette, and makes such a mess with all its straggly leaves peeling off, but the dwarf Miscanthus is still standing and looking beautiful… when the sun shines it catches the December rays for just a few minutes and then stands in the shade again! Yes the grey is all lavender. It will need tidying up in the spring – I’m always scared to cut it back too much in autumn although I have been drastic with a couple of them again this year!

  6. Cathy, I love your Haiku describing our December days with such beautiful poetic words.
    By the way – I cut down the grasses in our garden in early spring.

  7. Shame abou the sun, but still plenty of interest with all those foliage textures and colours. Your miscanthus doesn’t stand up to windy weather then? Such a shame, one of the things I love them for is their form in winter, I have a place or two lined up for some once I get a couple of borders deepened…

    • I am surprised how many people have said the same… here the giant ones are quite messy and not at all attractive – most people around me either cut them back or tie them up in bunches. And mine didn’t even have any flowers this year. The dwarf one is lovely though, and may stand all winter!

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