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.

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15 thoughts on “Monday, Monday…

  1. It is so frustrating when fruit trees blossom and then it is very cold; it happened so many times to the apricot I removed the tree this winter and planted a much later flowering one elsewhere. today I wooke to what looked like very heavy frost but turned out to be hail and ice crystals all over the ground. Christina

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    • I do not think I would ever choose an early flowering variety of a fruit tree – I have the patience to wait for the fruit. I think this cold snap must make you glad you removed the apricot tree in favour of a later flowering variety. It is always a difficult decision to get rid of a tree or plant.

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  2. I hope those bumble bees you posted about last week are tucked up warm somewhere! I think fruit blossom can stand a bit of frost, but I’ve heard it’s icy winds that they don’t like… Everything does look pretty with a dusting of snow though!

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    • Interesting point, Laura, but usually it is easier to protect the plants from the cold as they should be dormant still. But as gardeners, I think we always complain about the weather no matter what happens.

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    • I don’t think the snow will have done much damage and I enjoyed seeing it. It is the low overnight temperatures that might have frozen some of the flower buds and fertilised flowers. I’m just glad I’m not a commercial grower, it might make a difference to them.

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    • We are forecast some warm weather soon. I’m sure the flowers will get pollinated in the warm spells but whether it will be warm enough for the flower to do the next step in high enough temperatures, I don’t know. If it is too cold they will just curl up and drop off.

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