The original forecast for our area of merely a few lights snow showers yesterday morning seemed to change from hour to hour and resulted in periodic blustery heavy snow showers all day and a return of that bitterly cold NE wind. Nevertheless, just like last time, we still had barely an inch of snow in total, albeit artfully draped in deeper swathes by the wind, like before. Thankfully, garden jobs were already on hold due to a busy weekend but we will be itching to get on with things given the first available opportunity when time and weather permit.
Having complacently thought the currently wintry spell had left the garden unscathed, I now realise that the pair of Crown Princess Margareta climbing roses on the archway outside the kitchen windows seem to have suffered damage from the previous chilling winds, having faced the full force of it as it swirled round the corner of the house; Rambling Rector will have been similarly exposed but being of a venerable age will have faced many cold winters in his time already and may just shrug this one-off. Much of the garden is fairly sheltered because of surrounding properties and internal boundaries but the streamside and paved area are open and exposed to winds from the north. Christina (My Hesperides Garden) is concerned for her wisteria, prompting me to harbour similar concerns for mine, similarly exposed to these bitterly cold winds but perhaps with some protection from the house wall onto which it is trained.
Time will tell whether anything else has suffered, and with double figure temperatures forecast for later in the week perhaps we can soon get back to thinking that Spring is on its way.