Snowdrops in the snow

Walking in Ness today is peaceful. Even though it’s a Saturday, there’s hardly anybody here. And much of the garden is hidden under snow.

Quiet in the early afternoon sun.

Quiet in the early afternoon sun.

We're not alone though. We see fox tracks and this rabbit track.

We’re not alone though. We see fox tracks and this rabbit track.

And what about this. A giant goose?

And what about this. A giant goose?

There is colour if you look. These purple berries.

There is colour if you look. These purple berries, callicarpa.

These contrasting rhododendron leaves.

These contrasting rhododendron leaves.

Buildings made more obvious by their white surroundings.

Buildings made more obvious by their white surroundings.

Looking down the hill and across the marshy Dee to Wales.

Looking down the hill and across the marshy Dee to Wales.

A frozen lake.

A frozen lake.

And another one, though the waterfall is flowing from beneath the frozen surface.

And another one, though the waterfall is flowing from beneath the frozen surface.

The Monkey Puzzle tree, spiky against its white background.

The Monkey Puzzle tree, spiky against its white background.

Vivid orange against the snow.

Vivid orangeWitch Hazel against the snow.

And Sarah holds the Helibore.

And Sarah holds the Hellebore.

Then up in the woodland we find what we’ve come to see.

Snowdrops in the snow. Galanthus 'Magnet'

Snowdrops in the snow. Galanthus ‘Magnet’

Just after New Year when we last visited, and it felt like Spring, we thought there might be thousands of snowdrops out by now. But the cold weather’s slowed many of them down. Still, there are plenty of different types to see.

Galanthus 'Atkinsii'

Galanthus ‘Atkinsii’

Galanthus 'Plicatus'

Galanthus ‘Plicatus’

Galanthus 'Winifrede Mathais'

Galanthus ‘Winifrede Mathais’

Galanthus 'Elwesii Caucasicus'

Galanthus ‘Elwesii Caucasicus’

Galanthus 'Robin Hood'

Galanthus ‘Robin Hood’

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A closer look.

It's not all snowdrops up here.

It’s not all snowdrops up here. Sweet smelling Daphne.

But there are a lot. Galanthus 'Ophelia'

But there are a lot. Galanthus ‘Ophelia’

And for a final flourish in the snow:Ness27 Ness28

Galanthus 'Lavinia'

Galanthus ‘Lavinia’

As we finish our visit the expected melt rain blows in. The snow will most likely be gone by the morning. But not the snowdrops.

7 thoughts on “Snowdrops in the snow

  1. stan cotter

    It’s 5c here in Widnes Ronnie, and almost all the snow has gone. Just some pockets left, but its left us now with water running everywhere. And I pity those on low ground near water courses.

    What photos of Ness. They’re beautiful! And I thought they were just snowdrops.
    Didn’t know there were so many varieties.

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  2. cheethamlibMandy

    So many varieities of snowdrops – I didn’t know there were so many but they are so lovely and the pics of them actually standing up in the snow are just out of this world.I liked the tall Robin Hoods, I wonder how they acquired that famous name. Such a treat to see the daphne looking so large and healthy. These plants only exist in pictures or in the case of daphne occasionally as potted specimens here on the other side of the world. This was such a treat to see these snow wonders.

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  3. Stephen Roberts

    Absolutely beautiful and truly inspiring: such attention to detail really does bring us close to nature and gives us a profound “sense of place” even when we are not there.

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