The Curate’s Egg

A ‘curate’s egg’ describes something that is at least partly bad, but has some arguably redeeming features.

The term derives from a cartoon published in the humorous British magazine Punch on 9 November 1895. Drawn by George du Maurier and entitled True Humility, it pictures a timid-looking curate eating breakfast in his bishop’s house. The bishop remarks with candid honesty to his lowly guest: “I’m afraid you’ve got a bad egg, Mr Jones.” The curate replies, desperate not to offend his eminent host and ultimate employer: “Oh, no, my Lord, I assure you that parts of it are excellent!”



(via Wikipedia)


It sums up pretty well how I feel about the terraces as we edge towards winter.  So much so that the traditional format of my End Of Month View is turned on its head. We’ll get to the usual view in due course, probably, but let’s consider the redeeming features first.



Rose ‘Boscobel’

My favourite rose has endured gale force winds and rain coming down in stair rods. Sub-zero temperatures too. The buds may be smaller now, the outer petals rather tatty. Black spot is appearing on the leaves. Yet still its flowers continue to open and it is December tomorrow.



Hemerocallis ‘Stella de Oro’



And here’s something you don’t see every day

An unnamed patio rose, underplanted with… snowdrops.



The errant hellebore is still giving all it’s worth..

I hope it will save up some of the glory for early Spring.




Four seasons in a single post.



Saxifraga ‘Touran Lime Green’

Like a slow moving lava flow, the rosettes have advanced even further. Surely now it can get no closer to the edge. What’s going to happen next?








The frost has put an end to the dahlias and tender salvias. I’ve decided just to leave them in the ground this year and covered them with a blanket of mulch.



The blackbirds have found it already.



Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’

Hurrah! More signs of Spring.. but what’s that on the lower leaf?!!



The bulbs have been planted in their cages with the lids firmly attached. Let’s see the mice get into those.


And finally, talking of lids..



In light of recent high winds, the alpine shelter has been furnished with an anti-levitation upgrade. Two hooks and a bungee.

Bring it on winter. I’m ready. Let’s get it over and done.


Linking up with Helen’s End Of Month View (here) at The Patient Gardener’s Weblog. Click through to find out what other gardeners are up to this month.