A few days late, a few photos of my weekend visit to Mount Usher, the last for the year, on a cold, bright day. Autumn leaves had fallen and there was not a lot of colour but still lots to see with long shadows and evergreen structures revealed.
Although cordylines are not that popular here because their long, strappy leaves drop on lawns and clog up mowers I am still fascinated by their other-worldly appearance and when they are covered in hanging bunches of white berries they certainly make a statement in the garden.
As the sun rose a little higher in the sky its rays moved across the frozen ground and turned frost to steam – an eerie effect.
Stripped of foliage, the shelter trees exposed views of Ashford around the garden.
A few hydrangeas had exposed the blackening effect of the sharp frost and gave delightful, jewel-like colour.