Snow in the garden

An almost black and white view of the garden in the afternoon of 19 March 2018.

A different view of a patch of hellebore.

The Oleander was completely bent under the weight of the snow.

The hyacinth looked rather shocked by their surprise topping.

The hives are the most sheltered under the trees and I am glad we decided to insulate them this year.

The snow has all melted now and is nothing compared to what falls regularly in the winter in many parts of the world.  It is unusual though to have snow like this in March in this part of the world.

It is a snowfall to remember for us, the day before the spring equinox.

33 thoughts on “Snow in the garden

  1. Oh, those Lombardy poplars in the background are so pretty. I put a row of six of them at the rear of my mother’s garden. She thinks they look so French because they are used to stabilize the banks of canals. I liked those six so much that I planted fourteen at my home. I know that they are not a ‘good’ tree, but I like them anyway, and they make good firewood (as long as it gets burned in the same year it gets processed).

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    1. They can look very elegant but not very good in high winds. We have three and a few years ago one lost its head in a bad storm. We did nothing about it and it has grown and almost caught up with the other two. Amelia

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      1. Because they are popularly planted in swampy situations, they sometimes blow down too. They get worse as they age. I really like them anyway. I would like to plant more, but it is not easy to do. Situations in which I can plant them are so rare! I mean, where can one plant trees where there is nothing for them to fall or drop tops onto?

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  2. Diana @ Growing Greenfields

    Hi from Scotland! It’s been a tough old winter hasn’t it? What’s that saying, out like a lion in like a lamb?! Fingers crossed for cracking summer. Lovely blog! Looking forward to following along.

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  3. It is a shock to see so much snow in places not used to it – a surprise effect of climate change maybe; changing the temperatures in a downward direction because the poles are warming – terrifying!! My Oleanders were very damaged by the very cold winds when we had snow a couple of weeks ago; I hope they will survive as they are one of the few shrubs to be unaffected by the summer drought.

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    1. My Oleanders have popped up again and do not look as damaged as they were several years ago by severe frosts. At that time all the tops were blackened but I cut them off when the better weather came and they were none the worst for their winter hardship. Amelia

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  4. So after very warm daytime sunshine and much colder overnight temps than normal, which is not the norm for here—we have snow in the forecast for tomorrow! Thought spring had arrived, but we need to be patient here in the Cascade foothills!

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    1. I would not go as far as calling Oleander “hardy”. I would say that once the plant was established in the garden that it will withstand short periods of frost. We get relatively mild winters here so it does not have to survive the cold for any extended periods. Amelia

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    1. This has been the most grey, rainy spring I have had here. The locals are finding it difficult but I have no sympathy and tell them it is like this in the U.K. every year (you did not know about my masochistic streak, did you ?). Amelia

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