Half hearted winter wonderland

I am getting quite bored of this cold now.  I know it isn’t as cold as they have had in some parts of Europe or the US but it is getting annoying.  We haven’t even had much of a snowfall (though as I type snow has started to fall!) just cold which makes it impossible to garden and generally miserable and frustrating.

Last night they were forecasting 5-10cm of snow overnight but on waking this morning there was no more than a cm, if that, and it was more ice than snow.  I had bought in lots more bird food especially apples which are popular with the blackbirds, thrusts, redwings and fieldfares.  While I was pouring warm water in the bird baths and top up the feeders I took a few photos of the garden.  As you can see it is rather a half hearted winter wonderland more a winter after thought.

However, amongst the grey and cold there is a small oasis of almost warmth and growth – the greenhouse. It is the only part of the garden where plants aren’t covered in some horrid icy slush and look like they might be growing.  Seedlings are starting to emerge and if it is a little warmer tomorrow I might hide out in it and sow my sweet pea seeds.  So at least I will get a gardening fix one way or another.


Author: Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited

12 thoughts on “Half hearted winter wonderland”

  1. We had a lot more snow than you last night, but not as much as what we had a few days ago. Same here, bored with the white stuff and looking forward to the thaw next week and being able to get stuck in the garden again.

  2. I think this is the most difficult moment for us gardeners. We’ve been patient for a long time and now we sense spring in the air and we want to taste summer all of a sudden. I can’t wait too…

  3. The cold at this time of the year, when we are anxiously awaiting spring, seems so much worse than if it were at the beginning of winter. So nice that you have a green oasis to play in, though!

  4. We do need our gardening fixes, don’t we? What a nice retreat your greenhouse is! Not a flake of snow for us thus far. It has been so mild, my garden thinks it’s already spring! I appreciate the early spring, but I hope this doesn’t also mean an extra long and hotter summer.

  5. Well at least you have had some token snow – here just icicles, rain, and bitterly cold. I am getting twitchy too but am determined to wrap up well and get into the greenhouse at the weekend. Hope that you get your sweet peas off the starting block.

  6. It is fascinating to read about the cold and ice. I am in SE Queensland and at the end of February we are still experiencing 33 degrees. It is so hot during our summer and I can garden only in the very early morning and late in the afternoon. I can understand the “twitchy” feeling. I am waiting impatiently for autumn to arrive so that gardening is not so exhausting. Unfortunately our cold season doesn’t last long enough. Thanks Helen, and happy gardening.

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