2020 has been a strange year for many reasons including the weather.
The plants and creatures in the garden are so confused.
The honey bees are so active for this time of year, butterflies still flying around in November and the blackbirds, who usually strip the cottoneaster berries in a matter of days have not even visited the bush yet. There must be lots of food elsewhere this year.
Flowers too are unsure of the date! There are new flowers on the poached egg plant (Limanthes douglasii), many new rose buds and fringed campion (Silene frimbriata) is also in flower. These usually flower in the summer!
We even saw blossom on one of the apple trees as we were collecting the mistletoe.
But there is one flower that is supposed to be open now and it is beautiful.
There are several evergreen clematis in the garden and this one, Jingle bells is the best this year.
This photo, taken at the end of November was full of bees, all sorts including several kinds bumble bee and many honey bees, buzzing away busily.