This is the time of year when those of us who have left last year's growth to sprawl as a haven and/or food turn to tidying. I do enjoy each phase of growth - even this supposed untidiness. Looking at our most rampant clematis I think of it rather as an unravelling basket: a beautiful ruin. So I thought I'd take a few snaps before it is clipped back in preparation for new shoots.
The sun is bright and the cold is sharp; the wind biting straight through. A lovely day to go out, but even lovelier to return to working indoors.