Hope Springs


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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12 Responses to Hope Springs

  1. Spring is coming. One of the nice things about being involved with the community of garden bloggers is that it is spring somewhere and most gardeners will share through pictures and stories. It isn’t spring, but it does really help.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I think the blogging community is really supportive in many ways, this being one of them. Thanks for all your comments too – always appreciated 🙂

  2. keep warm Cathy, plants are pretty amazing things and often swing back and if not this year there is the next, my tete-a-tete are a bit ahead of yours as some are flowering and standing up to the wind pretty well, love your photo of the buds with a snowy cap on, Frances

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Frances – you have avoided this current wintry weather, I believe! My tete-a-tete are mostly new this season and I thought they might be flowering sooner than this, but others round here are at about the same stage so perhaps I was being a little impatient. I am looking forward to the viburnum flowering as so many bloggers have mentioned them and their lovely smell this winter

      • I moved my tete-a-tete last year and they are later, they usually flower in February, I am finding quite a few plants are later this year, I can’t remember which programme but one of the radio programmes mentioned last week, that it could become a problem for some creatures as they will arrive back or come out of hibernation with very little food and young to feed, Frances
        ps we have not avoided the cold! the wind is the coldest I’ve known since moving up here but at least I have power …….

        • Cathy says:

          I hadn’t heard about your wind but, as you say, thank goodness you still have power. It is an interesting thought about hibernating creatures and presumably migratory birds too

  3. Anna says:

    How cheering to see those little daffies standing proud of the snow 🙂

  4. I take some comfort in closely looking at the leaf and flower buds on the early blooming shrubs – forsythia, serviceberry, spicebush, lilac, etc. Sure enough they are swelling, preparing to bust out when the moment is right. I have a feeling that when things do turn warm there will be an amazing display of pent up color.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes that’s a good thing to do – and what I planned to do on GBFD if there had not been snow and wind to contend with when I took my photographs! A burst of warmth will be a real kickstart when it comes! Any sign of your snow yet?

  5. janelouise3 says:

    Spring must be on its way soon ! I have a ‘baby’ gunnera in the greenhouse and it is just beginning to wake up ! I go and look at that when feeling particularly bleak !

    • Cathy says:

      Hi, and thanks for popping in. Yes, that’s a good ruse – I think I inspect my seedlings more than once a day, presumably expecting a miracle!

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