Reflections on a Snowy Day

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We awoke to find no further snow outside,  and today the garden has gently slumbered under its soft white blanket, throwing up all sorts of unusual shapes and lumps and bumps in places, but revealing green and brown limbs in others. Where we cleared a way through to the chickens yesterday the path has become clearer and more defined, and we spoiled the pristine surface of other paths to allow access to the shed. My footprints from yesterday’s photograph foray were partially obscured, but nevertheless appeared intrusive in the unsullied perfectness of the garden’s icing.

Determined to maintain some gardening activity I was able to tick another job of my list yesterday, levelling some slabs in the greenhouse, and I made a start on tidying oddments of tree and other timber from beside the shed, but I am running out of jobs that can still be done with several inches of snow or frozen ground! I have ordered some winter interest plants for the lead effect pots I mentioned a few days ago, trusting that cornus and viburnum will be OK in pots for at least a few years. Deciding on seeds is a different matter though – I haven’t access to seed catalogues and it’s not the same looking at extensive on-line versions. I did buy some seeds at our local garden centre last weekend as they were all half price, but I didn’t feel comfortable trying to make these decisions yet – it seems to be too early to think about it, and yet some can be planted now or next month I know. It’s back to my job list, then, braving the cold…

Whilst rambling today, I was rather taken with this Christmas Pudding bush (Hydrangea petiolaris):

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Not to mention the hankie plant (anemone japonica) and the miniature pine forest (penstemon):

Who knows what we shall see tomorrow, as I believe it is precipitating again.

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6 Responses to Reflections on a Snowy Day

  1. Anna says:

    I know what you mean Cathy – ordering seed is just not the same unless you have the catalogues. I order most of mine online but have to browse through piles of catalogues first. I’m trying to get all my orders in this month though to avoid any disappointments.

    • Cathy says:

      I think it will still take a year or two to get me used to thinking about buying in advance – I used to do it years ago but haven’t done for ages. I have just joined the RHS and have put in for some of their seeds, so that’s progress!

  2. Anna B says:

    Your plants look very pretty! I like the snow at first, but then it just gets annoying. I like going snowboarding in winter, but don’t really like it on my garden! It is a good time to have a bit of a potter though isn’t it. Lovely photos 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks, and of course I have been spoilt for great photo opportunities – I have never taken as many photos as I have since I started this blog!

  3. I’m impressed that you have been braving the cold and getting some jobs done, I’m afraid I have used the excuse of the snow to lurk indoors, looking at seed catalogues. You are right, it isn’t the same doing it all online, though I do appreciate being able to look things up on the internet to check what they look like and how widely they spread. For some reason catalogues only seem to give height, not spread…

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