Well, the snow finally found us in Winwick!
From nothing but hailstones when we left the house for school to a couple of inches of thick white snow an hour or so later, I was quite amazed at how quickly it fell – and the chaos it caused. Roads were snarled up, accidents seemed to be happening left, right and centre (hopefully everyone involved is all right) and big daughter was stuck on the bus to college for three hours.
Once safely back home from the school run I took myself outside (ostensibly to take photos but actually just to be outside!) and snapped away whilst the snow was falling. The dog came with me – for about five minutes! Although he’s very happy to get into any water he finds when we’re out on our walks, from ponds to the dirtiest of puddles, we’ve discovered that he’s not that keen on cold wet stuff that falls from the sky. He took himself back inside and I found him later, snoring in front of the Aga as usual!
So I went off on my own around the garden to see what I could find. The twisted hazel catkins look like little bunches of snowy bananas!
And the Heuchera is almost hidden.
Snowdrops. It wouldn’t seem right to take pictures of a snowy garden without the snowdrops being in the photos. I think they look very “at home” in their snowy setting, and the ivy sets them off beautifully. It won’t be long before they open properly and I’ll be able to see the green edge to the leaves. How does each flower know how to do that? Magic!
I couldn’t resist going to find the Hellebores. I do love snowdrops but these come a close second as my favourite winter flowers. A couple of years ago, I transplanted lots of Hellebore seedlings from around the garden and it’s only really been this year that they’ve done anything. It’s lovely to see them finally maturing and getting ready to flower.
Within the hour, the snow had stopped and it was starting to thaw, leaving wet mush everywhere. Small daughter still managed to play in it for a while when she came home from school but was cold and wet in a very short space of time, and was easily persuaded to come inside for hot chocolate.
I’m not sure what the forecast is for overnight – more snow is bound to cause more chaos tomorrow morning but if it freezes, that will cause even more chaos. It does seem incongruous that such fluffy white stuff causes so many problems! Still, I’m glad that we got some snow today. It feels like it’s been a proper winter now!