Snow is a bit of a novelty when it arrives and I always enjoy watching it change the atmosphere, character and look of the garden. But after five days I have had enough of it so got excited when the sun came out for an hour or two this afternoon and the snow and ice started a steady drip, drip, drip – melting gently.

A new challenge for me and my camera! See what you think.

Poor old Matilda has melting snow running down her forehead and she does not look pleased!


As the sun gives a rare January appearance, the snow begins to melt and for a while takes on a transparent look and glows.

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The greenhouse begins to lose its duvet of snow.


The tallest stems away from shadows melt first. This pair of rosebuds is clear of snow and ice but their yellow petals, exposed where the bud has tried to open, have suffered from this attack of January weather.

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About greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.
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8 Responses to Melting

  1. Christy says:

    I really like your pictures. I especially like the one of Matilda..she looks like she’s wearing a little pillbox hat. We haven’t had much snow but we’ve had a lot of ice so I did a post on that yesterday.

  2. Really like the drips and the symbolism of the ephemeral.

  3. PJ says:

    Matilda is lovely – you’ve captured the start of the thaw really well.

  4. All of the photos are lovely, but I especially enjoyed how you captured the drops. You did GREAT!

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