It is too much to hope for much colour in the garden now though Viburnum ‘Dawn’ is making an effort and the mahonias are plucking up the courage to bloom – even the ‘Soft Caress’ for the first time.
I have mentioned it before but good old Rosa chinensis ‘Viridiflora’ continues to bloom. It must be the longest-flowering of all, even though lots of people would scarcely regard the little blooms as colourful at all. I need to look at it more closely and see how long the flowers last – it must be weeks if not months.
The colour from the foliage of Cornus alba is far more fleeting but really spectacular. We all grow it for the gorgeous red stems but the foliage is the most reliable of all the autumn colour in my garden – and it likes wet soil – a win win.