On the way to a holiday party last night - the one for which I had baked those cakes, which luckily were very well received - I came across a few a flowers still blooming rather flamboyantly in otherwise bare and wintery city streets. It was dark already but there was some illumination from street lights and I was rather taken by the effect when I took some pictures:
A lonely hybrid tea rose bush flowering enthusiastically despite the chilly November weather
A gnarled climbing roses adorning its bare branches with beautiful blood-red blossoms
Prunus subhirtella var. autumnalis doing its autumnal thing
There is something particularly pleasing about finding such unexpected beauty...