Having little foliage to feature on January’s Garden Bloggers Foliage Day (hosted by Christina – follow the link for more foliage posts) was never in doubt since the current snowfall began on Friday. The snow has now stopped falling and been replaced by clear skies and sunshine, but with plummeting temperatures as it first became light. Yesterday brought some movement of snow from the roof (including our solar panels, which had not seen daylight since Friday) and the dripping which had begun has resulted in some lovely icicles, including these on the wisteria outside the back door.
The contrast between the whiteness of the snow and any green that is revealed is striking – like the hoops on a Celtic football shirt. Just to give you an idea, from the left are the valiant flowers and leaves on one of the ubiquitous ivies, tough leaves of the winter flowering honeysuckle, Lonicera fragrantissima (inspected regularly for the first sign of buds) and the large architectural leaves of Fatsia japonica, weighed down by the snow and the Samsonite loss of strength from its frozen stems. Below these, to soften this stark contrast, are the earthier tones of twisted hazel Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’, silver birch Betulus pendula and Acer griseum. There is always something to inspect, something new to catch the eye or old favourites to be reminded of, snow or no snow.