There has been such a lot of talk about the weather in the blogging community today, as everywhere else, and as always it has been interesting to compare progress of the snow across the UK. It started here in the Midlands early yesterday evening, stopping by bedtime and leaving us with a couple of inches, but began its second phase at about 8 this morning and continued steadily during the day. It is still precipitating now, albeit gently, adding to the 5 or 6 inches that have accumulated so far.
I went out for my usual early Friday swim but have been at home since then to watch the progress of the garden transformation and enjoy the activity of banqueting birds. As the snow piled up, inch by inch, on pots and fences and paths it was fascinating to see the structure of the garden accentuated in different ways as the hours went by. Alan Titchmarsh in his book ‘My Secret Garden’ advocates the use of sculptures and topiary to add structure to the garden, finding them particularly pleasing in winter. We may not garden on the same scale as Alan, but it’s still not difficult to make an impact even with smaller pieces, be it concrete figures, pots and posts, stumps and even benches, just something in the right place to attract attention or catch the eye:
I was using the five pots on the left, just outside the kitchen window (with ‘Peach Blossom’ tulips and pink wallflowers to come), to gauge the progress of the snow during the day –
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