a french garden

Reflections on nature in a garden in France


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Monday, Monday…

Monday, Monday

Monday, Monday

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.

Plum blossom in snow

Plum blossom in snow

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.

Cherry tree flower bud

Cherry tree flower bud

The cherry tree was just starting to flower.  I wonder how hardy the little flower buds are?

Viburnum tinus

Viburnum tinus

There are no bees on the Viburnum today.

Cotoneaster berries

Cotoneaster berries

The garden has a sudden winter look, so difficult to accept after the warm, sunny days of last week.

Hellebores

Hellebores

Some flowers look more appropriate in the snow.

Dark Hellebore

Dark Hellebore

They are called “Rose de Noel” in France.

Rose de Noel

Rose de Noel

A much more appropriate name today with perhaps a much more appropriate back-drop to set them off.

Bergenia

Bergenia

There are plenty of plants in the garden that will laugh off the snow, like the Bergenia with its sturdy thick leaves.

Sarcococca confusa

Sarcococca confusa

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.

Yellow crocus

Yellow crocus

In the meantime the crocus

Purple crocus

Purple crocus

of all hues,

Primulas

Primulas

the Primula,

Hyacinth in snow

Hyacinth in snow

and the Hyacinth take the cold weather in their stride.

Broad beans

Broad beans

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.