I took advantage of Sunday afternoon, when it wasn't actually raining, to have a brief tidy in the garden (not that you would realise I had tidied anything!) There was a clematis (I think it is Etoile Violette) in flower and with buds coming too. I had cut this one back hard at the end of the summer because it had gone brown and horrible, and I was hoping it hadn't got some nasty disease. This must have either sent it into shock, producing more growth and flowers, or made it think it was next year and time to flower again. Yes, it was lovely to see, but the sad thing is that it will more than likely get another shock from the frosts.
A hardy geranium still flowering, despite the rain.
Rose Molineux also with lots of buds. This isn't all that unusual, as roses often do flower into winter. It is still a wonderful thing to see and lifts the spirits.