The weather forecast last night predicted snow over France with the exception of small areas such as ours. We are protected by the Atlantic (?). However, this morning (25 February) we awoke to a light covering of snow. Less than a week ago we had lunch in the sunshine on the patio.
The snow does not lie on the plum blossom, it is as if the tree itself is providing some warmth. The air temperature is around zero and the higher branches are sheltering the lower branches from a heavy incrustation and creating a circle of green around the tree.
The cherry tree was just starting to flower. I wonder how hardy the little flower buds are?
There are no bees on the Viburnum today.
The garden has a sudden winter look, so difficult to accept after the warm, sunny days of last week.
Some flowers look more appropriate in the snow.
They are called “Rose de Noel” in France.
A much more appropriate name today with perhaps a much more appropriate back-drop to set them off.
There are plenty of plants in the garden that will laugh off the snow, like the Bergenia with its sturdy thick leaves.
Despite its delicate appearance the Sarcococca will be blooming in a few days when the sun is scheduled to appear and releasing its wonderful perfume as soon the temperature rises.
In the meantime the crocus
of all hues,
and the Hyacinth take the cold weather in their stride.
My broad beans which I plant in the autumn have grown valiantly up to now – the moment of truth. I hope they will survive, after much worse weather last February, I have faith in their perseverance.
However, I’m not sure what will happen to the fruit trees. Perhaps this year all I will have from my plum and cherry trees is pictures of their blossom.