I was pleased to see signs of new growth, which is good as it heralds the promise of what’s to come later in the year.
The white Michaelmas daisies (Aster pringleii Monte Cassino) were the last flowers to appear in October/early November but new growth is already showing.
The old stems will be cut back in the spring as they provide some winter protection.
The sedum stems and flower heads provide autumn and winter interest once they’ve finished flowering and also protect the new growth. As with the asters they’ll be cut back in the spring.
The red valerian (centranthrus ruber) was cut back in the autumn since when there’s been plenty of new growth.
There was heavy rain and high winds overnight on Wednesday so yesterday morning I checked if all was okay on the plot. Thankfully it was but one of the other plot-holders wasn’t so lucky as their greenhouse had collapsed, bending the frame and smashing much of the glass.
Have a good weekend!