Thank goodness for evergreens.

I had thought that I would be photographing my little early flowers for the end of January, but Nature had other ideas. When I drew the curtains back this morning, everything was white, we had a sprinkling of snow overnight, but I don’t think it will last very long. This is when the evergreens take centre stage, they look so lovely with a sprikling of snow.

Starting with the front drive, the box cubes take on extra importance.

One of the first primroses to flower looks as if it might be regretting it!

The berries on the purple berberis by the front door, really contrast with the dusting of snow.

Box balls stand out so much better with a sprinkling of snow.

The miscanthus in the background forms a nice warm contrast to the evergreens.

More box balls in the rose garden. In the summer they are covered by the roses, the winter is when we can appreciate them.

Every horizontal branch of Viburnum plicatum Maresii has its covering of snow.

The gate into the pond area, looking a bit cold.

My box Chinese Ginger Jar looks very robust compared to Stipa gigantea next to it.

Looking across the alpine scree with the Yucca, past a clipped fir, towards the woodland at the back.

The large terracotta pot in the gravel area at the back, always looks nice with a bit of snow decorating it.

Poor Iris reticulata Edward doesn’t look too happy on the alpine scree, hopefully they will be ok once the snow has melted.

Crocus have just pushed up in the old tin bath, hope they don’t regret it!

But the chaenomeles by the back door, says snow, what snow, and carries on flowering!

It is now snowing once more with big heavy flakes, but I still don’t think it will stay very long, at least I hope it doesn’t.

Are you suffering from the snow, I hope you are safe and warm wherever you are.

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12 Responses to Thank goodness for evergreens.

  1. Rosemarie says:

    I opened this, wondering if you would have snow as well! Doesn’t the garden look beautiful – completely different emphasis with a covering of snow. It is hard on the Spring flowers though isn’t it…I only have snowdrops and a few primroses showing as yet.

    • Pauline says:

      Hi Rosemarie, the sun has come out and we are all green once more. I’m not looking forward to tomorrow or Friday, from the forecast we are going to be hit by more snow, more serious this time! The flowers that were looking miserable this morning are fine now, back looking bright and perky!

  2. Peter says:

    It’s like a celestial chef dusted your garden with powdered sugar. Evergreens do shine in the winter and yours are stunning. We’re still experiencing fairly warm temperatures for this time of year while so many are experiencing the effects of the polar vortex. Keep warm!

    • Pauline says:

      I have been watching your polar vortex on our news Peter, I really hope it doesn’t come our way. The evergreens certainly show up with a sprinkling of snow, we have more forecast for tomorrow and the next day, but hopefully it won’t stay longer than that.

  3. Cathy says:

    Your box balls look wonderful like this – winter weather really highlights structure, doesn’t it?

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Cathy, I can hardly believe that they were just little tufts when I planted them about 25 yrs ago! All the structure in the garden really stands out with a bit of snow to show it off. Not looking forward to the weather tomorrow, hope it isn’t too bad.

  4. Denise says:

    I really admire your box balls Pauline, so perfectly round and neat. A sprinkling of snow really does show the garden in a different light doesn’t it? We have a good later of snow here at the moment so the garden looks very pretty especially when I’m inside with a cup of hot chocolate!

    • Pauline says:

      I have to thank Neil who comes to help me with the garden for the box balls looking so good Denise, he is the one who trims them now. I can understand you staying inside with your hot chocolate, I might be doing the same if our weather forecast is correct, we have a lot more snow coming our way at about lunch time today!

  5. Christina says:

    It is quite unusual to see snow in your garden Pauline. Our immediate area has had snow but we haven’t had any actually in the garden, but it has been cold. I’m amazed that your Iris reticulata Edward is flowering already, I haven’t seen any sign of my Iris yet, even those I planted into pots in the greenhouse are just shoots. The ‘bones’ of your garden mean that it always looks good. Take care on slippery paths and stay warm.

    • Pauline says:

      Yes, it doesn’t often snow here Christina, I was used to much more snow when we lived in the North West. Iris reticulata Pauline is now finished, she was open in the beginning of January, Edward is almost my last one to flower. I’m glad that I planted the number of evergreens that I have, they do look good in the winter.

  6. snowbird says:

    Oh…your poor iris and crocus….all very pretty

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