Brrrr. This week saw the coldest night for seven years in the UK, which I know is nothing compared to some of you in the northern hemisphere who have been experiencing an even more extreme freeze.
Here in the South East of England, the snow did not settle for long, but there is something magical about when it first falls and the garden suddenly looks pristine, all its flaws and untidiness hidden under a pure white counterpane. Before the snow we had heavy frost which brings its own beauty: ice crystals on seed-heads; a lawn of frozen sugar candy.
As ever I am joining in with The Propagator and his followers from around the globe on Six on Saturday and looking forward to seeing lots of pictures of snowy gardens from the north of the planet, then hopefully warming up with shots of sunshine and flowers from the southern hemisphere.
- Frost and snow
This is pretty much the same shot of our garden on Thursday and Friday morning this week. Thursday started out one of those crisp, sunny winter days. I love the way our Spirea glows like a red and orange heart in the centre of this picture. The snow arrived quickly at around nine o’clock on Thursday night. By Friday morning, it was already starting to thaw, but there was just time for a quick snowball fight before school.
2. Ice crystals on seed-heads
I am quite glad that I have not got round to cutting back the Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’ yet, as these ice crystals look quite stunning on its blackened seed-heads.
3. Hellebore in the snow
I like the contrast of the fleshy pink and green against the white snow, with pale yellow primroses just peeping out of the bottom right corner of this picture.
4. Raised beds in the snow
I have been putting off tidying up the raised beds in our front garden and feeling guilty every time I walk past them. Thankfully, the snow relieved me of my guilt for a morning.
5. Iced geraniums
The transformative power of frost and snow is amazing. Even the common garden Cranesbill looks like sugared cake decorations given a dusting of frost.
The snowdrops are taking their time coming out this year, but they are gradually unfurling from their green casing. We inherited these which are a rather tiny variety. I would like to add some of the bigger, more unusual ones for next year.
Keep warm wherever you are this Saturday and happy SOS reading!