There's a certain resemblance to a bog-brush (or five) about the lilac at the moment. The shoots have lost some of their middle leaves, so there's bunch at the bottom and a few at the top.
The rest are continuing to brown.
A spider has found one a useful anchoring point:
And there's a pleasing hint of life awaiting the spring:
How will it fare next year, I wonder?
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