Christmas day continued the mild theme. I mowed the lawn on Christmas Eve. The day itself featured a variety of plants in flower including various roses (including Schoolgirl above), Erigeron, lavender, hellebores, Escallonia amongst the perhaps expected but unusually vigorous pansies, Viburnum Charles Lamont, Schizostylis and Sarcococca. Daffodils are on the way up and Japanese quince are in bud. This was the norm in Somerset where we lived previously but up here the garden is usually hibernating by now.