and we certainly had snow, about 20cm deep in less than 24 hours just over a week ago. Whilst we have had heavy snow in the past, some four or five years ago, we haven’t had so much snow in such a short period of time.
And it was the best of snow; soft, fluffy, powdery. So much of it weighing down branches, flattening the fragile grass stems, crystallising the Fatsia flower heads causing them to snap off.
It was so still, so quiet, nothing moved for hours not even a wind to waft the snow off the allium seed head.
Now on the shortest day of the year the snow has gone and I’m on leave and I finally have the opportunity to see the garden in the daylight and discover unexpected delights. The first hellebore is flowering and a healthy clump of snowdrops are pushing their snouts upwards – possibly Mrs McNamara.
Removing broken stems and fallen leaves revealed so many fresh new bulb shoots – so much promise for the new year.