The snow continued through the night but strangely, despite temperatures remaining at zero or below, roads and footpaths have quickly cleared, except in lanes like some of our local ones where a combination of wind and gates or a gap in the hedge have produced large and solid sleeping policemen*, oblivious to the cold (*UK term for speed humps!). The garden, however, is still well covered and I planned my rambling routes to leave some paths untouched where possible, admiring the icing on a variety of surfaces – trellis and roof as well as leaf and flower. I stopped to brush the white fluff off one of my hellebores, and it seemed to whisper “Don’t worry, we’ll be OK, spring is coming”. As gardeners hope will always be part of our philosophy, whatever the season, and perhaps never more so than in the early months of the year – the joy of watching my hellebores and snowdrops emerge from their winter slumber is immeasurable. A bit of snow will not dampen this enthusiasm, nor the enthusiasm of the gradually-opening buds of my new Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ (above) or the slow-but-sure development of the ‘Tête-à-Tête’ (below).
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