For the second time this year, we have laying snow here in North Devon, and very pretty it is too. Thick enough to completely cover the grass on the unmown, shaggy lawns, it has turned the garden into a winter wonderland.
Icicles drip from every overhang, and the sheltered side of every tree trunk is plastered with layer of snow.
The poor spring bulbs have had a bit of a shock…
The larger daffodil varieties are looking particularly sad, but the small ones such as Tete a Tete are coping better, poking bravely through the snow.
My big drift of snake’s head fritillaries was about to burst into flower, and it will be interesting to see how they respond to being snow-covered.
The camellia is still flowering profusely, but the current crop of flowers may well go soft and mushy when they defrost. They do best when sheltered from the morning sun from the east…if the flowers defrost slowly, they are less likely to suffer.
This Corylopsis is looking particularly fine, with the snow as a backdrop.
Many shrubs have started to produce their spring leaves, such as this red-leaved Spirea. I hope they don’t get too cold!
Some native flowers will cope fine, such as this little primrose, tucked on the sheltered side of the garden wall.
And the gorse on the hill is flowering well, as it does all year round.
The spring catkins will also be unconcerned by a bit of snow.
Last summer’s seedheads look particularly fine against a white carpet.
So it may be cold, and difficult to drive around, but there is no better time to go explore the garden!