The good weather of earlier in the week has gone. That bright crispness and that sharp coolness in the air have given way to dullness, mistiness, clamminess and a general feeling of misery and no opportunity to garden. Were it tomorrow, November 1st, I could make a timelier quotation of Thomas Hood’s poem, “November” but, even today, a little is not entirely misplaced:
No sun — no moon!
No morn — no noon —
No dawn — no dusk — no proper time of day.
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member —
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! —
And, of course, I could add “no gardening.”
Two grandchildren visited – a Hallowe’en visit – one dressed as Fireman Sam and the other, not yet three weeks old, as a most convincing cat – kitten? We were tricked and they were treated though the kitten slept through it all in a most disinterested manner. Clever girl!
To pass the rest of the day there was a little reading, writing and look back over photographs – a search for brighter days and cheering flowers. It is the colchicums which have most appealed to me this autumn. They certainly blossom when most else is finishing and going to decay. They flower without foliage and, so, one of their common name, Naked Ladies! – the foliage grows in spring and many gardeners complain that it is both large and coarse but I forgive it that small fault as I enjoy the flowers so much at this time of the year.
I hope my photographs will show the beauty of these plants and that you enjoy them!