Well, the forecasters got it right this time. I think we in our little part of Devon, got off lightly, compared to the north of the county and further east. When I got up this morning, everywhere was white and the snowdrops and hellebores nowhere to be seen.
This is when the structure in the garden shows if you have got it right or not. This is the view from the kitchen window, no I wasn’t going out, it was snowing heavily at the time! I think the box balls and the lonicera hedge look nice with their sprinkling of snow.
The terracotta urn in the gravel area in the back garden shows up well with its snow cover. The mound to the right of the urn is the spreading mass of ophiopogon planiscapus nigrescens, it looks very different covered in snow.
The hydrangea by the front door has collapsed, I wonder why. Looking up the garden, non of the others have collapsed, so I hope it is ok and will right itself soon.
This little hellebore was photographed yesterday, before the snow………
…….this is it now, collapsed under the snow. I know from previous years that as soon as the temperature rises, the stems will stand upright once more, but don’t know if the flower will be ok, that is another matter, the buds will open as usual so there will still be more flowers.
These snowdrops are Mrs MacNamara which I showed in a previous post, nicely upright with lots of flowers……..
……this is Mrs MacNamara today, flowers all bent down to the ground on the right, but like the hellebores, they will right themselves and be upright once more when it gets a degree or two warmer.
We can’t say we weren’t warned about this lot of snow, not sure how long it will last, sleet is falling at the moment, hope it doesn’t freeze on all this tonight. The cold weather from the east has brought winter bird visitors from the continent, we had our first redwings and fieldfares this morning, but I don’t think we had any berries for them, they didn’t stay long. I don’t plan to go out again today and think we will stay at home tomorrow too, light the woodburner and curl up with a good book!!