Snowy Plants and Places

Snow forms an extra layer on a variegated leaf

The first made me smile because the snow is adding an extra layer of variegation to the reddish and cream edges of these green leaves. 

Ice forms in a cascade of water

I had a little scramble to get down to the ice. The array of forms was quite a surprise. One bit reminded me of candles formed with two on a string; another of a bird’s nest. There were fingers of ice, ice horns, giant pearls and ice slugs. I dare not go closer as I didn’t fancy the idea of falling in and walking home with icicles forming in similar fashion on me.

Bergenia leaves in the snow

My final pictures were taken earlier in the winter. I doubt these bergenia leaves are looking as fresh now. I loved their blush, their powdery covering of snow and how perky they were.

One pink daisy in a snow-covered garden

In contrast, this flower had an I never expected it to be this way look that resonates at the moment.

Lancashire back yard with Mini and many garden accessories

But I’m leaving you with a glimpse inside a heavily accessorised, cobbled back yard. It’s interesting how the snow has made patterns here, as if wanting to join in with the fun.

29 Replies to “Snowy Plants and Places”

  1. What great photos! I love the one of the ice, and I’m glad you didn’t get too close; I’d agree that ice as personal adornment is ill advised. But everything in your images wears winter well. That lone flower does indeed seem to have been taken by surprise and seems to speak to the time. I hope you didn’t get as cold as it appears you might have!

  2. The common name in Michigan for the first plant is “snow-on-the-mountain.” I toured England/Scotland in January one or two times and was surprised to see a few lingering hardy flowers and some roses in window wells in London.

  3. That’s a fun backyard. There’s one in our village filled with skeletons, gnomes, giant toadstools and the like. Sadly, we had no snow here to tone it down! Still entertaining to view it though! PS I think that those icicles look like dipped candle tapers.

  4. Pretty captures, Susan. Looks like it has been super cold there– ice like that takes a few days to form. Is that usual for your winters or is this weather an anomaly?

    1. I did not know it took a few days to form and have been looking with new eyes after your comment. I’d say that we’ve had many more days with snow on the ground than I remember, but I do remember having deeper snow a few times when I was younger and it has sometimes been colder. One of many dangers of climate change for the UK is a weakening North Atlantic drift.

      1. I know, that current affects a lot of weather and it is worrisome that it may be weakening. The loss of Arctic sea ice is messing with everything. I’m afraid that genie will be tough to get back into the bottle. 😦

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