Yesterday’s weather forecast, for heavy snow all morning from 5.00am or so and light snow for the rest of the day, proved correct, giving us 3″ by mid morning and a gradual increase since then. Tomorrow, although dry, will see negative temperatures all day culminating in minus 7°C overnight and warnings of ice, so the Golfer and I will be hunkering down in the house again. Despite bitterly cold temperatures for the latter part of the week I have at least managed a few hours of rose pruning, Madame Alfred Carriere needing considerable reigning in from her expeditions over the bus shelter. Even today, as it was dry in the greenhouse and a tad warmer than outside, I got round to adding bubblewrap to part of the interior – but that might be full the extent of my gardening activities for several days.
Anticipating the weather, I had a contingency plan in mind for IAVOM – three of early snowdrop Mrs Macnamara’s blooms, a sprig of hips from rose Parkdirektor Riggers and a snipped down piece of twisted hazel that had accompanied the hippeastrum a fortnight ago. Popped into a stoneware inkwell I misjudged its size when I placed it onto a snowy rock for a photograph and it nearly sank without trace! The snowdrops show up surprisingly well against the snow, but you can see the elements better when it was against the wall under the hedge at the sheltered side of the house. The brick behind it is stamped ‘Utopia’, and can be traced to the Aldridge Brick and Tile Company, originally based about 16 miles from here. We have a number of these ‘blue bricks’ which came in a batch of recycled bricks when I was building the wall behind the bold borders – some are stamped to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 and we have made a feature of these bricks in this wall.
The snowdrops were firmly closed when I picked them but very soon opened up in the warmth of the house, their distinctive fragrance subtly detectable. The Golfer was aghast that I was picking them, but I shan’t be able to enjoy them outside for a little while so I was more than happy to bring them inside. I wonder how many UK bloggers will be able to create a vase for today, or any northern hemisphere bloggers for that matter? Where there is a will, there is a way, but in this week’s wintry weather any absences would be understandable. If you are able to post, please leave the usual links so we can share the pleasure your vase brings you – and in the meantime, KEEP WARM AND SAFE!