Snow returned to the Chiltern Hills and unlike last week it was heavy and caused chaos.  Not much gardening happened  so my words will be brief – but the next day there were blue skies and sunshine.

Donning my waterproof trousers, wellies and waterproof jacket, I got cold and wet lying on the ground to take a few wintry photographs of snowdrops, hellebores, chaenomeles and crocus.

Snowy garden view

snowy garden scene

I like this aspect of the garden as it cunningly borrows some trees from the neighbours.  You can’t tell but there are some lovely pink cherries over that beech hedge.  Beyond the yew hedge is still my garden though – it’s a little orchard with some old but usually productive apples and some other fruit trees that I have planted – plum, pear, cherry and quince.

Snowdrops in the snowgallanthus nivalis in snow

Some better pictures of snowdrops than I was able to take last week.  The snow was 7cm thick here and many of the emerging snowdrops were swamped with just these taller ones coping.

It has since melted but lying in the snow with the sun glinting – it was magical there for a while.

More snowdrops – Gallanthus ‘Yvonne Hay’gallanthus yvonne hay

These are not mine but are on display in my snowdrop friend’s garden.  I was waiting for one of his rarer yellow varieties to open (which it stubbornly refused to do despite the sunshine) when I spotted these ones looking rather lovely.

The central trumpet or inner sepal is heavily marked with green and the petals are nice and long and really stood out as they were upright and perky despite the snow.

Hellebores (again)hellebores in snow

Last week I gave you hellebores but I hope you’ll forgive the repitition given the change in context.  Snow really sets these stunners off perfectly.

This path is heavily shadowed by surrounding trees and shrubs but it felt so much brighter with the snow’s reflective effect.

Chaenomales japoinca – flowering quincechaenomeles japonica in snow

The sunshine was probably a bit bright for this photograph to be top quality but I do like the contrast of the bright red with the snow.  This is one of my favourite shrubs and I’ve shared it with you all before – including just before Christmas when the tight green flower buds resembled miniature brussels sprouts.

Early flowering Crocus – crocus tomassianus
crocus tommasianus in the snow

I’ve saved my favourite picture for last.  Given some sunshine, these early flowering crocuses will be open very soon.  They’ve spread from a small patch and now flood the orchard with puddles of pale amythyst flowers in late winter.  I loved the ice bridge between these two.


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