End of Month View: Nobbut a Sprinkling…

Centrally placed in England as we are, weather systems heading towards us from different directions often peter out before they get here. It may be bitterly cold (minus 6°C at the moment, supposedly feeling like minus 14°) and we may have seen a succession of snow showers yesterday, but we still only have a patchy covering of snow and looking at the forecast for Thursday and Friday we may well escape without receiving any more – or we may not…

Meanwhile, we have some snowy pictures of the garden at the end of February, masking much of the detail and making any colours other than monochrome stand out like a hand tinted picture – such as the hint of pink of the sitooterie above and a glimpse of blue sky, and a shockingly bright brick wall in a later photograph.

Adjacent to the view above is the streamside grass, full of crocuses – frozen and erect like purple spears – and the shrub border, shown from both directions:

The woodland edge border, primroses and emerging wood anemones and bluebells temporarily hidden:

The main borders from the bothy and from ground level:

The woodland edge border from both directions, native snowdrops and hellebores bowed down and frigid but destined to recover immediately temperatures rise again:

The three bold borders, their promises hidden:

The blue & white border and the rose garden, leaves already bursting on the new roses:

The light covering of snow highlights details in the paths in the garden, like these cobbles and the ‘stone’ slabs and paviers used elsewhere such as in this path that heads past the special snowdrop border and back towards the house:

Despite the lack of plant detail in these photos they still serve my purpose of recording the garden at this moment in time. Other people posting End of Month photos may have a different focus, so pop over to the Patient Gardener blog where Helen kindly hosts this monthly meme and have a look. Thanks for hosting Helen!

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21 Responses to End of Month View: Nobbut a Sprinkling…

  1. Pauline says:

    I’m surprised to see that you have just had a sprinkling so far, thought you would have had more. We haven’t even had that, brillianr saunshine today with just a few flurries so far! We’ve been told that we are going to have a dreadful day tomorrow, will just have to wait and see, fingers crossed. Stay safe and warm Cathy!

  2. tonytomeo says:

    I would grow houseplants.

  3. Christina says:

    Definitely a lot less than I have in my garden; it snowed again during the night, probably about as much as you had but where the snow from Sunday night remained it has settles and the promised rain has failed to materialise so far. It is interesting to see the different areas of your garden in these monotone shots. I was quite surprised by how some parts of my garden looked with its snowy cover.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, it makes for interesting viewing – but more so from photographs at the moment because of that biting wind!

  4. Brian Skeys says:

    That is about all we have had so far Cathy. All schools in the area closed today, no water anywhere. I think Severn Trent have a major problem around here!

  5. Heyjude says:

    My poor garden looks like a frozen wasteland. You say the hellebores will recover? Mine are flattened and frozen, as are the little daffs. The succulents won’t recover, I know that, but I am hoping some of the other ‘tender’ plants will. Otherwise I shall be redesigning my garden this year!

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, your hellebores and daffs should perk up. Shame about your succulents – would it be worth bringing them in over winter? But I suppose wintry spells like this are even more unusual for you

      • Heyjude says:

        The succulents and pelargoniums are usually okay outdoors. I did fortunately bring some in this year and will plant future succulents in pots so I can bring them all indoors.

        • Cathy says:

          And I have remembered I have some pots with sempervivums – I suspect they may not have survived…

          • Heyjude says:

            I had a lovely flat-topped aeonium in my wall, looking very soggy now 😦

            Some sempervivums can tolerate the cold, I have some that die off every winter, but come back in the spring without any problem.

  6. Cathy says:

    That is cold for the middle of England Cathy. We are also hoping it will warm up soon – the woodpile is going down rapidly! Photos in the snow really do show the outlines of your borders and paths well. And the pink wall is a lovely eyecatcher at this time of year!

    • Cathy says:

      How has it been for your parents, Cathy?

      • Cathy says:

        They have stayed in all week, as they had quite a bit of snow and then icy rain… I think Mum’s cherry blossom probably got caught just as it was about to flower, but no serious damage! 🙂

        • Cathy says:

          That’s a shame for the plum blossom – the timing is critical for a good crop. Glad your parents are OK though

  7. Anna says:

    The pink looks most warming in the snow Cathy. I noticed new leaves bursting on my two roses so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. As well as it being cold and snowy there has been a biting wind today which seems to be getting stronger tonight. My only outside activity today has been to top up the supplies in the bird café. Roll on spring!

    • Cathy says:

      It won’t be long now, Anna. I was surprised at how perky the new growth on the new roses in the rose garden have been throughout this wintry spell – I trust they know what they are doing!

  8. Cathy your garden is completely snowed and with the temperatures below zero and the wind so cold I hope you do not spoil the plants. He says that hellebores will recover, hopefully, like his frozen saffron and primroses and emerging wood anemones. Cathy tells me that the temperatures rise: make it as soon as possible. Meanwhile stay warm and safe from the cold. Greetings from Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      Honestly Margarita, it was nothing compared to much of the UK – but it is very different today and the sun is shining!

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