I noticed yesterday that my blogging friend Ronnie was participating in a weekly photo challenge meme run by wordpress.  This weeks theme was ‘green’.  I thought that as it was such an easy subject matter for a gardener like me I would join in so yesterday morning I wandered round the garden seeing how many different types of green I could find.

First up the yellow green of the Choysia which is looking really healthy at the moment, in fact healthier than it has all year so I suspect that the cooler damp weather suits its well. It is also no longer shaded by the tree next to it which has lost its leaves so maybe that is also a contributor.

Then there is the glaucous blue of the prostate rosemary that completely dominated the border, draping down the wall.  It’s funny how much I love this plant but how much I forget its there until this time of the year when the frost outlines the cobwebs.

Another good glaucous blue is the Melianthus major.  I have three of these grown from seed last year.  There are too big now to dig up and overwinter so I am going to have to give them a thick mulch around the stems and keep my fingers crossed.  It has been suggested that I make fleece tents for them and stuff them with straw so I might consider this if you temperatures look like they will really drop.

Lots of shiny green: Sarcococcao hookeriana humilis (Christmas Box); Acanthus, Japanese Holly Fern

Rich dark green of the Berberis

Lots of lovely Greens many of which will remain in the garden through the winter and are my winter stalwarts.  Green for me is fresh and a signifier of growth and life.

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