More than just a sprinkling.

On one hand, we didn’t have as much snow as had been forecast, which is good, but we had enough to make driving a bit of a worry, it was very icy under the snow. Getting out of my little road and up the hill out of the village was a bit hairy, but once on the main road, everything was fine until I met a tree, half way across the road. Everyone was very gingerly driving round it, I gave way to an oncoming car, just as well, it was a police car! By the time I came home, one and a half hours later, the tree had gone. My first few photos were taken at 7 am when normally it is still dark outside.

L.ooking across the fields from the landing

The streetlights come on at 6am. This is looking across the neighbours gardens.

Towards the woodland with the road beyond.

From the side window in the bedroom.

The side garden looking up to the pnd area.

The next few photos were taken about an hour later after I’d had my breakfast and fed the birds!

Table and chairs by the backdoor out of action for a while.


Poor chaenomeles!

Every single little branch had its layer of snow and ice.

More box balls marching into the distance.

They’re more like iced muffins this time.

View of the back garden, the yucca doesn’t look too happy.

The gravel area.

I’ve built up the wood burning stove, so I’ll be staying in here to keep nice and warm. There is no sign of the snow thawing yet, it is still freezing outside, so I think we will have it for a while yet.

Meanwhile, inside I still have my hippeastrum to enjoy seeing as I can’t get into the woodland to see my snowdrops.

Now measuring 35 inches.

My hippeastrum now has 2 flower spikes flowering, it is really huge!

The third flower spike is now about 4 inches tall, I wonder how long it will take to start flowering.

I hope you are all keeping safe and warm no matter what your weather is doing, over the other side of the Atlantic the weather is so much worse than it is here, I hope it gets better soon.



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20 Responses to More than just a sprinkling.

  1. Peter says:

    Oh my, that certainly is more than a sprinkling. Your garden looks elegant dressed in a winter-white coat. Do keep warm. I hope the snow melts soon and you can again get out in the garden.

    • Pauline says:

      Once I returned from our nearest town Peter, I stayed really warm and cosy, tucked up in front of my wood burning stove. Hopefully the sun will be shining tomorrow, if the forecast is correct, and I will be able to get out into the garden once more, when all the ice and snow melts.

  2. Christina says:

    That is a lot of snow, especially as you say it is showing no signs of melting. Home is the best place to be when the weather is like this.

    • Pauline says:

      Hopefully, it is all supposed to melt tomorrow Christina, I just wish I could have taken photos this morning while I was driving to our nearest town, I could have been driving through a Christmas card. Home is definitely the best place when it is so cold, I stayed nice and warm with a mug of hot chocolate then soup for lunch!

  3. Denise says:

    How pretty your garden looks Pauline! But, yes indeed more than just a sprinkling. A wood burning stove really is something quite special with weather like this isn’t it? I think your hippeastrum belongs in the Guiness Book of Records!

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Denise, I agree, I wouldn’t be without the wood burner, along with the hot chocolate, it was lovely and cosy!
      I am so pleased with my hippeastrum, the largest I have ever grown, I wonder how tall the third spike will grow.

  4. Frank says:

    The cold doesn’t do much for me but I have to admit the snow makes for some beautiful scenes. It really accents all the shapes and forms in the garden and I love the late night glow!
    You’ve done very well with the amaryllis. They are so much fun at this time of year, even if it’s treated as an annual after flowering… which of course I never have the resolve to do, they always become permanent additions to the windowsill!

    • Pauline says:

      We don’t often get a chance to drive through a winter wonderland Frank, it is very unusual down here in the south west. The garden looks so different, but I am always glad when it turns back to green!
      I have grown an amaryllis many years ago but didn’t manage to keep it going, I really must try harder this time, well done to you for succeeding.

  5. Sue C. says:

    Lovely scenes, Pauline. Like you. we’ve had more than a sprinkling here not far from Taunton. Sunny today but frozen icy roads. Stay warm and enjoy the scene form the window.

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Sue, the sun yesterday didn’t do much to move the snow, I still have lots left which has now turned to ice. I hope the roads will be better today than they were on Friday.

  6. Cathy says:

    It makes such good photographic opportunities and brings such an unusual quality of light, but if you have to go anywhere…. 😐 Glad to know that you can now sit tight at home in the warm, Pauline

    • Pauline says:

      The garden certainly looks different in its white covering Cathy, but I’m glad it is slowly turning back to green. Very frosty and icy out at the moment, we still have a lot of really frozen snow, I hope the sun gets to work soon!

  7. Diana Studer says:

    So beautiful to look at – especially if you don’t have to drive anywhere. I hope not to have to walk on icy pavements again (not a happy Swiss memory)

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Diana, it is all very beautiful to start with. I have had a few tumbles in my time thanks to icy pavements, not recently though thank goodness!

  8. snowbird says:

    How pretty your garden looks in the snow, especially the box with their white caps. Good to know you got up the hill safely, you are braver than me, I hate driving in ice and

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Dina, our snow has almost gone now as the temperature was at least 10 degrees higher today! I can’t say that I like drving on ice and snow but it was a case of needs must, glad its over for now!

  9. debsgarden says:

    Looks like a perfect day to stay inside with a cup of your favorite hot liquid and a new garden book! I love the way snow transforms a garden, especially if it is very temporary, which it always is where I live. Last week meteorologists predicted 1-3 inches (about 2.5-7cm) of snow for here. We did not see a single snowflake.

    • Pauline says:

      I certainly was Debs, at this time of year I always get my Snowdrop books out and re-read them, all 5 of them! The thaw started yesterday, so hopefully it will all have gone by today. Nice while it lasted but I can do without it.

  10. Susie says:

    Your snow scenes are so lovely Pauline. Hope by now the weather is warming for you. I like all the pictures. The last one is so interesting, showing how wisely you’ve used texture. Have a great week. /Susie

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Susie but yes, the thaw has started thank goodness, I can do without having to drive on snow and ice! Texture is very important to me when planning any planting, then there is interest even when there are no flowers.

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