At this time of year, most garden plants go into general shutdown. Nights draw in. It's all a bit drab. I hear we are in for another wet Winter. But there are notable exceptions. Forsythia shows its cheerful yellow flowers. Iris foetedissima offers up its berry pods, like little orange-centred Revels. Nerines pimp the border, very much the shade of pink Hyacinths earlier in the year. And somehow, weirdly out of whack, we have a November flowering Hebe, covered in buds and flowers behaving as if it's early Spring.
I like Autumn, I like the Fall and Winter colours. It's how it's meant to be. But I also like these late night revellers who give a buzz to the garden long after the others have gone to bed.