When the temperature drops below freezing, as it has lately, hellebores and large snowdrops show that they aren’t happy by collapsing on the ground. As soon as the temperature rises a bit, to above zero, the flower stems right themselves once more and the plants look as they should, with the flowers standing upright. The other day, we decided to meet a friend from Wales at Painswick Rococco Gardens to see the masses of snowdrops that they have beneath the trees. Just one problem, my snowdrops here were standing proud with the temperature above zero but when we got to Painswick the temperature was minus 5 degrees and this was how we found their snowdrops, all collapsed on the ground.
Not to worry, there was still plenty for us to see and admire, like these sheep. We wondered why they were standing so still and eventually it dawned on us that they were very realistic sculptures!
If you look closely you will see that this bank is covered with snowdrops, not very happy ones I’m afraid. There were lots of drifts like this, all looking the same.
Lots of follies in the garden, which is open for weddings and I’m sure they make lovely backdrops to all the photographs.
After a while we decided to go for lunch in their restaurant, thinking that the temperature would rise in the meantime. These were the only happy snowdrops we saw while we were there having a super hot bowl of scrumptious pumpkin soup and a very naughty piece of gorgeous cake!
Back out exploring more of the garden, we saw this long view from one of the follies.
While exploring I found this lovely wood carving which is a memorial to the Miller family, Captain Horace Morgan Miller, his wife Mary Elizabeth Miller and their daughter Barbara.
Stone busts of worthies are added when enough funds become available through visitors giving their small change to form a mile of pennies. They are obviously expecting to collect a lot more pennies as they have quite a few empty plinths! It had started snowing, you can see the snow lying on the ice on the pond.
The garden area in front of this folly has been planted with plants from the 1700s which is when the big house was built.
Walking near the perimeter of the garden I found this face, can you see it, 2 eyes, a bulbous nose and a mouth? All formed by beech tree roots!
Time to go almost, snow was coming down heavier and we had a 2hr journey ahead of us. The box cubes took my fancy, I have rather a lot of box balls and thought that the small ones up our drive could be cut into cubes instead, they are just getting to the right size for shaping, so I know what I will be doing in the summer!
Almost back to the car when we saw this lovely display of winter aconites shining out through the snow, almost looking like a patch of sunshine.
When we got back to Devon, what did we find?……my own snowdrops standing upright in the warmer temperatures!! So, the moral of all this is not to go by the temperatures you are having where you live, but to try and find out how cold it is where you are going to visit. We had a lovely time together, it was the only time we could have met up with my friend in the foreseable future, so in spite of the problems with the snowdrops, there was so much else to look at in the garden and yes, we will go again one day!