Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Snow

It has been so dashed mild lately that both plants and gardeners have found themselves at sixes and sevens! Frankly peculiar winter scenes have been witnessed regularly, with penstemons in full bloom and some young chaps hedge cutting in short sleeves. All very confusing! We have barely had a winter to speak of, and only the lightest dustings of snow, but as we appear at last to be heading into a bitterly cold snap I thought this an opportune moment to look back on last winter, when we were thoroughly submerged in the white stuff!

Footsteps on the Lily Pond

The topiary birds looking somewhat smothered!

A hint of winter sun in the Stilt Garden

Detail of the pleached Hornbeam ‘stilts’

The Beech Alley doing its best winter wonderland impression

More laden topiary, this time in the Pillar Garden

The Long Walk!

Glacial scenes in the Stream Garden

Master Robin surveys the snowy landscape, no worms here my friend

College is looming, I’m still chipping away at the old assignments!

16 comments:

The Green Lady said...

Wow! I love how the shapes of the garden become really dramatic and defined in these snowy scenes. I'm bored with the mildness and am ready for some challenging freezing conditions.

Michael B. Gordon said...

I love the Long Walk with a blanket. Very beautiful, Bertie.

Rosemary said...

Beautiful and stunning - but I am enjoying the mild winter.

Prue said...

I've never seen the Beech Alley in snow. It's wonderful!
Thanks Bertie.

patientgardener said...

The snow really highlights the structure of the garden - I love the beech alley

Janet said...

Hidcote looks magical in the snow, Bertie especially the Beech Alley. And just imagine all these garden pests getting killed of by the cold snap!

alberto said...

Beautiful pictures, I really enjoyed the long walk and the beech alley covered in snow!

Tickety Boo Tupney - A Dash OF Worcester Sauce. said...

Gosh, I haven’t been to Hidcote in donkey’s years... and my, what a chilly winter it was!
Not sure how I stumbled across this blog- but I must say, wonderful pictures :)
Tupney x

Beegirl said...

Oh..the Beech Alley..sigh... It's so beautiful! What a magical place! Thank you for sharing your beautiful winter images. The winter temps here have warm/cold/warm. Not so good for the hives.

Jayne said...

Thank you for the beautiful Winter scenes. I like snow much better in photos than the reality. We havent had snow cover this Winter and wonder how unhappy that makes the perennials who would have appreciated a few pine bows or the like, which I have neglected! As for the nettle....the next time I am stung in the asparagus patch which is a favorite temporary home it seems, I will try to remember how good they are for the butterflies!

Wife, Mother, Gardener said...

Beautiful. Really wonderful to see all that structure in snow. The Beech Alley is breathtaking, as well as the Long Walk. Thank you for sharing in a spare moment... Now back to your Latin!

By the way, thanks for recommending Plant Portraits by Beth Chatto. I have been enjoying it immensely! (A very nice Xmas present from hubby!)

Wife, Mother, Gardener said...

FYI- I posted a link to this post on WMG:http://wifemothergardener.blogspot.com/2012/02/post-202-for-love-of-blogging-and-my.html

Happy studying!

Brenda said...

What lovely winter scenes Bertie! We were left with very little snow this year as well, just some ice and drizzle, all very grey and gloomy. How nice for you to be outside and gardening already! Look forward to your spring postings with great anticipation. Brenda

Michael said...

Hi Bertie! I think you may have since been snowed in since you made this post. I heard that the UK had quite a few snow storms. Here in NYC, we have had nothing. A few days of rain, but no snow to speak of. Your photos help me remember what a white blanketed garden looks like!

Diane said...

Hiya Bertie! These photos are beautiful. But unless I'm mistaken, England doesn't usually get a lot of snow. And this is the third year in a row you've had snow? I hope this is not bad for your gardens.

Diane

Bertie Bainbridge said...

Greetings all!

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