March Hare Gazes at the …erm, Snow

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.

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25 Responses to March Hare Gazes at the …erm, Snow

  1. Oh no not again. I think it is far worse for your garden not accustomed to the cold and snow so late….although my garden I am sure suffered from the thaw, the warm up and the growth in February when it was so warm….and now 4 ft of snow and bitter cold for the month of March. But as you say we shall see what is affected by these cold spells. I find the snow does far less damage than that frigid air. I hope your roses come through it all.

    • Cathy says:

      I think you are probably right, Donna; we certainly don’t get temperatures like this very often, although here it does not last as long as it seems to do fo you (unlike winters of my childhood which seemed to go on for months at a time)

  2. Pauline says:

    I can’t see my garden at all, just white everywhere! I’m just hoping that my plants will all be ok, they’re not used to this!

  3. Christina says:

    That was a surprise. All the new shoots that were left on the roses that were heavily pruned are severely damaged but I suppose they’ll survive. The wind is far more damaging than the snow. Our olives have also list a lot of leaves. I’ve never seen that before.

  4. Cathy I hope that the snow but especially the icy wind does not spoil her roses, especially to Princess Margareta who is young. Do not freeze your Wisteria or any other plant. I sincerely hope that the temperatures rise and cease this deadly wind for the plants. The same thing will happen for the week that enters Spain. Keep the heat. Greetings from Margarita.

  5. Anna says:

    That wind was cruel and vicious wasn’t it Cathy? I hope that ‘Princess Margareta’ is not too precious. The wisteria will have no doubt appreciated the heat emanating from the house. It looks as if you had more snow than we had on the Costa del Merseyside – all in all we’ve escaped lightly but I’ve definitely had more than enough of winter now.

    • Cathy says:

      I think we got off lightly too. ED & co had some hairy driving near home in Surrey when they went back. There are new shoots on CPM which seem unaffected so hopefully they have just had a set back

  6. Love the snow tipped hares. Survival of the fittest is what’s happening right now with this irritating weather. Trying not to stress about the lost time or lost plants

    • Cathy says:

      Lists are definitely worthwhile doing in this run up (and you have got till August, unlike those of us who open in June!), and if possible do as many non-plant related things in advance as possible as much of the plant stuff will be on-going or last minute

      • Top tip Cathy thanks.

        • Cathy says:

          Things like planning where your posters are going to go, arranging your helpers, and if you are doing refreshments and plant sales writing up info on plants you are selling and planning what cakes and how many, working out tables and chairs, crockery etc. Checking for danger points like overhanging branches too (I bought a roll of red ribbon and had it dangling from low branches)

  7. tonytomeo says:

    Okay, the more I read about snow, the more I think I do not want to find out what it is like!

  8. Peter Herpst says:

    Oh my goodness! Enough snow already, it’s time for spring. Hope the cold damage in your garden was minimal.

  9. LisaDay says:

    Who is ready for winter to be over? I am. I am. Good luck with your roses. I love your hare.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Lisa – yes, much as I enjoy my winter flowerers there will a different spring in my step when it is over for this year!

  10. It’s hard to stay positive when the snow and wind hit our gardens with force.. although the snow is melting here today the bitter cold winds remain. I’m sure your roses will fight back, and warmer weather is on it’s way to see us into the British Summertime in the next 5 days 13 hours 6 mins and 42 seconds.. not that I’m counting! ;)) x

    • Cathy says:

      Tee hee – and we have sunshine today which is lovely even though it is only 2 degrees 😉 It is especially lovely in the greenhouse where temperatures have been upp to 20 or so and of course the new seedlings are loving it

  11. Hope your winter damage is not too extensive. We have lost our spring hydrangea blooms to the cold, so I know how you feel. It’s pot luck every year, isn’t it?

    • Cathy says:

      We don’t often have such low temperatures, Marian, often a few degrees below zero at times most winters but with the wind chill this time it has been much much colder

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