Frost or not, some plants are still in flower. One surprise is a Sea Holly, Eryngium bourgatii. Despite their common name most plants in this genus are not seashore plants at all. That distinction belongs to Eryngium maritimum, a British native. E. bourgatii is more likely to be found on dryish hillsides in the Mediterranean region.
|Eryngium bourgatii flowering in our front garden. 7 November, 2016|
|Euonymus fortunei beside Daventry library. 7 November, 2016|
|Only the green (reverted) branched bore fruit. 7 November, 2016|
Hypericums give their name to the Hypericaceae family. It consists of only six genera but Hypericum is overwhelmingly the largest, and is the only genus found in Britain.
Footnote For the last 3-4 months our loft has provided a congenial home for a nest of wasps. The sharp frost, following a spell of very chilly weather, seems to have delivered it the coup-de-grace and the area beneath the entrance is now littered with their corpses.
* Stace, Clive: New Flora of the British Isles. Cambridge University Press