After the Storm – snow in December

Mid-December saw the sudden arrival of snow a rare occurrence in recent years. The last time we can remember having any appreciable snow fall in December was back in 2010 and 2011. Sadly I am still recovering from my surgery so really haven’t been able to get out there and enjoy the white stuff. However it did give me the chance to send Jude the Undergardener out with my trusty Nikon, so this post will feature all her photographs.

 

They are pretty good for someone who says she can’t use a camera! Methinks the lady objects too much! Jude the Undergardener has such a good eye for a picture!

Seedheads of perennials gain caps of snow and ice, and light finds places to make sparkle.

        

Twiggy skeletons of shrubs that had lost their leaves managed to catch balls of snow in their branches.

 

Evergreen trees and shrubs gather much more snow and ice around them like thick duvets.

 

Sculptures scattered around the garden change as they absorb the snow.

     

Surprise flowers add tiny patches of colour among the whiteness, roses throwing up surprises through to the end of the year. Similarly the colours of fruits and berries pop up from the snow like “jack-in-the-box”, but this will only last until our winter thrushes consume them.

       

Structures that blend into the background for the rest of the year come to the fore when winter arrives but even more so when snow covers the garden in white. These structures include trained fruit trees, trellises, evergreen climbers and pollarded trees.

    

Looking out of the garden into our borrowed landscape showed that the countryside too had put on a new coat. Looking into the garden there are very special moments in time to catch. This leaf may at any time fall to the ground in a gentle breeze.

 

Published by 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.

3 replies on “After the Storm – snow in December”

  1. Well done Undergardener. Is she fully stocked with all weather gear? [ Last minute Christmas Presents?] I can envisage you, Malc, sitting in the warmth as Jude is sent out in the worst possible weather to take photos. What about buying her some heavy duty guy ropes to fasten her down during gales?

  2. Gorgeous photos with lovely pops of color. I’m looking out right now, and the entire landscape is white as far as I can see. Yes, a rope to find her way back in would be a good thing. 🙂 I found myself outside clearing a car of ice and snow this week while hubby was inside in the warmth of the pellet stove so your Jude and I have something in common. 🙂

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