Having found a surfeit of consumer goods in the city, I'm going to look at my photos of my year-end garden, and you can too . . .
I love these rusts, reds, browns and greys of leaves, twigs, and berries, with the occasional snowberry lightening up the mix
Here's the white of the Hydrangea quercifolia (oakleaf hydrangea) flower still brightening the mixed browns, greens, and burgundies of that shrub's winter palette.
Just nearby, the evergreen leaves of the Viburnum tinus 'Spring Bouquet" are complemented by the metallic blue fruit and you can see the buds promising to flower in the next few weeks -- I had a photo of that one, but it was just accidentally deleted (moving photos around using thumb-as-mouse on my husband's laptop is an exercise in frustration!). I do have some buds left to show you, though. Look at these ones swelling up in the Hellebore
I love the glossy green foliage puntuaged by hints of red in the stems. More of that contrast below as my red osier dogwood stands out in front of the choisiya (Mexican mock orange)
Now that feels better -- Nature's calming colours have me breathing normally again. Back to my knitting so I have something to give those folks I couldn't bear to shop for today!