23 January 2013

Snow Days


The weekend was filled with snow play
and a wintry walk




Monday brought loud cheers 
when school cancelled due to road conditions




By Tuesday,
the roads had cleared

so I hopped, skipped, jumped to 
one of the biggest 'Winter Gardens' in Europe
covering three acres with 650 different plantings

Although it is January,
there were already blooms in the garden


extremely fragrant Daphne Bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' and hellebore


witch hazel


I was completely smitten by the bark in the birch grove







Enjoy the rest of your week!

- all photos by me -

21 comments:

Rose Fern said...

Didn't know that there are winter gardens to visit in the uk!So strange looking at blooms in snow!I must say,you had a good dose of snow!

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

We too had a day off on Monday, lots of slushy snow here now, not so pretty anymore! :) x

sansketch said...

The final one is an awesome photograph,brings the winter straight into my eyes, good one

A Belle Abroad said...

There is something so very enchanting about seeing color peeking out of the white snow on a cold grey winter day. It's like a promise, isn't it? I would've been smitten with the birch grove as well. Love the colors and soft patterns, especially on the first picture.

Iota said...

You know we use witch hazel as a medication, don't you? It's one of those smells that makes me feel better, just by all the associations from childhood (and I think it is genuinely a nice smell too). I've never seen the plant it comes from - interesting.

greenthumb said...

So pretty to see the garden in winter.

Gina Howie said...

Loud cheer at our house too because of the snow day on Monday.
Love flower/nature photos. Thanks for sharing!

My Garden Diaries said...

So nice to see snow! We haven't had any this winter which is sad for my beans! The garden shots are wonderful..my favorite blooms are the witch hazel!!! Have a great week!

Liene said...

I remember the joy in each snow day when I was a child. My boys are more likely to have an ice day here in SC, but one can hope! Glad to see you're enjoying the snow!

Ali said...

That snowman is a hoot! We've got about 5-10 cm of snow here in the Midlands, although its melting fast. I've been keeping my eyes open for snowdrops and crocuses but haven't seen any yet.

Ali x

Denise said...

Love this post, Laura; the snowman is so cute!! These are great pictures; those Hellabores and the other pink flowers are beautiful, and the birch bark is so interesting. We have River Birch trees here in North Carolina, and they have wonderful bark, too. It's not quite the same as the ones you photographed; ours are the kind that look like the bark is always peeling. They really are pretty.

It looks like you had a great time with all the snow. It's bitterly cold here right now, and they're predicting snow for us here again this coming Friday; we had snow and rain last Thursday. Enjoy the rest of your week!

Denise at Forest Manor

susan@avintagefarmwife said...

Hadn't thought about snow days in England, but of course, kids have them there too. Love your garden shots and a glimpse into life there!

PURA VIDA said...

Mr. Snowman is darn enchanting!

myletterstoemily said...

such lovely photos! made me feel like i was enjoying
the beautiful snow with you. would sure love to have
some of that to ease our terrible drought.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

You're so lucky schools were closed on Monday! I didn't go to work on Friday, but had to go back on Monday!

Down by the sea said...

The January blooms look so lovely and show the start of many more blooms to follow, during the forthcoming year. Love the snowman too!
Sarah x

Sarah Jane said...

Beautiful pictures - thanks so much for sharing! xx

Jo said...

We have to drive for an hour to get to snow in the winter, so I have never had the experience of stepping into snow from my front door. I'm sure the kids are having a ball, and you are doing lots of mopping! Lovely to discover your blog. Beautiful, beautiful photos. Especially love the thatched cottage a couple of posts ago. Very Beatrix Potter!

Mary Pellerito said...

Winter walks are my favorite. - http://mary-goingnative.blogspot.com/

Bonnie said...

What beautiful contry you live in. Your photos are breathtaking.

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Love all of your photos! London is always beautiful in the snow.

Have a great week!