Yesterday, Wednesday, it just snowed and snowed, all day long. Did it amount to anything, not really. In between each snow shower, the temperature rose and started thawing what had fallen. The snowflakes were huge, but it took a long time before they were sticking. I’m a child still at heart and love the snow, well, for a couple of days anyway! I love to see the garden totally transformed into a white wilderness, that doesn’t often happen here in the SW of the UK, 2010 was the most snow that we have ever had, if you would like to see those photos click here.
As you can see, the covering of snow is not very deep, even by 4pm.
Watching the local news last night it was obvious that we had got off very lightly.
In Cornwall and Devon, villages were cut off, travellers were having to sleep on the floors of village halls & sheep to be rescued from snow drifts.
Dartmoor and Exmoor were the two worst hit areas here. The prison on Dartmoor was cut off, along with the village nearby of Princetown.
People were all complaining they couldn’t get to their favourite supermarkets and village shops were running out of bread and milk!
Eastwards from us, from Honiton to the Blackdown Hills, roads were blocked due to cars skidding on the roads and ending up all over the place.
I have now ventured out to see what I could photograph for you, first stop was to see the box balls, now looking as though they had been iced!
The rhododendron buds are tightly shut against the cold, the snow isn’t going to worry them.
This is the Acer that turns orange in the autumn, just by the archway into the woodland, I like the way trunks and branches make patterns when sprinkled with snow.
Had to watch my step as I crossed the bridge over the drainage ditch into the woodland. It does have a cover of chicken wire to stop anyone slipping but of course that had been covered.
Even the most ordinary plant can be transformed by a sprinkling of snow. I would usually walk past this fern without giving it a second glance, but it is transformed into such a lovely pattern.
I was surprised to see these flowers still standing upright, usually both varieties of plants flop as soon as the temperature drops to near freezing.
Looking a bit different to the other day when I photographed Phormium Yellow Wave for GBFD! I don’t think its doing much waving at the moment!
Still in the gravel area in the back is the spreading clump of Ophiopogon planiscapus nigrescens. Most of it is covered in snow but some has been protected by the overhanging Pittosporum Irene Patterson.
Iris reticulata Pauline didn’t time her opening very well, she is absolutely covered in snow, hope she survives. Even if this flower doesn’t, there are plenty of buds to follow.
I was hoping to get photos of the red stems of Cornus alba sibirica Westonbirt, which are planted up the drive, with lots of snow on them but…….
…….but this was the best I could do, not much is it!!
It was then time to go back inside, the little light there was, was fading and my fingers and toes were freezing! We do realise how lucky we are to have missed the worst of the snow but I do love to see the garden looking so different for a short time. Today, Thursday, the sun is shining, there is no wind and the snow is rapidly vanishing, soon be back to normal with just the floods to cope with!