This year it's not just the short days that have been contributing to the gloomy feel. After a very wet summer, autumn has followed suit and produced some extremely wet weather. The ground here in the South West has been well and truly saturated for some time now, making my regular gardening work rather challenging at times. Working the soil has been completely out of the question in some gardens, with pools of standing water appearing in some borders.
|Fatsia japonica 'variegata'. This poor plant has it's roots in standing water.|
|One of the drier lanes around Woodbury!|
|Buds on Mahonia japonica. With raindrops!|
|Snowdrops will soon be making a carpet of colour.|
|The first leaves on Arum maculatum, growing up through saturated ground!|