(We had to scrape ice off the windscreen for the first time this week - I use one of those shop cards that I never remember to have with me in the shops - like a priceline card - that's my tip of the month).
Most of the leaves have fallen, the grass is sodden, the outlook more bleak.
However, amongst the sombre browns and greys, little bursts of life appear.
Precious snowdrops, jonquils (already), hardy violas, the last of the roses, a camellia from our baby tree, occasional daisies (those ones that never die).
If you go looking there really is beauty everywhere. What's in your garden this month?
I'm doing a mood board every month with my friend Karin.