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|At the end of January it snowed. It didn't last long (although long enough to snarl up the traffic completely here in the home counties - you'd think we never had snow, wouldn't you!) but the garden was pretty while it lasted.|
To the left is the view from upstairs, to the right the raised bed with Muehlenbeckia astonii in the foreground.
|Viburnum plicatum 'Snowflake' in bed 5 (left) looked more interesting with a light frosting. The water feature (right) was frozen solid.|
|Despite the snow, Clematis cirrhosa balearica flowered with enthusiasm (left) but Viburnum fragrans 'Nana' and Hamamelis x intermedia "Arnold Promise' in bed 5 (right) had finished flowering.|
|The Clematis cirrhosa (left) climbing up Amelanchier canadensis was flowering, but is always less exuberant than its relative in the tub. In bed 5 (right) Galanthus 'S Arnott' was perfectly happy...|
|... as was Cyclamen coum 'Abschaticum' (left) while Lonicera x purpusii (right) had its usually scattering of small fragrant flowers.|
|Two weeks later, after a lot of dull days, the sun shone. Hellebrous orientalis Ashdown garden hybrid flowered happily in its pot, while Galanthus 'S Arnott' held its flowers much more open in the sun.|
|Galanthus 'Mighty Atom' (left) has not increased much in three years, while Galanthus 'Wendy's Gold' (right) is beginning to multiply quite nicely.|
|The Galanthus variety (left) with beautiful large flowers, bought at the same time, has hardly multiplied at all.|
In bed 3 (right) Hamamelis x intermedia 'Diane' is flowering well this year - and I can actually get close to it now, with fewer brambles around.
|Scilla tubergeniana (left) has almost finished flowering in bed 4, but Rosmarinus 'Fota blue' on the patio wall (right) was not put off at all by the snowy weather.|
|Galanthus nivalis, both single and double, and Leucojum push their way through the ivy, bamboos and Vinca round the patio.|
|The Daphne in the pot is flowering well (left) but although sold as D tangutica it looks more like Daphne laureola. Clematis cirrhosa balearica is as exuberant as ever, enjoying the sun.|
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