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.
We’re not alone though. We see fox tracks and this rabbit track.
And what about this. A giant goose?
There is colour if you look. These purple berries, callicarpa.
These contrasting rhododendron leaves.
Buildings made more obvious by their white surroundings.
Looking down the hill and across the marshy Dee to Wales.
A frozen lake.
And another one, though the waterfall is flowing from beneath the frozen surface.
The Monkey Puzzle tree, spiky against its white background.
Vivid orangeWitch Hazel against the snow.
And Sarah holds the Hellebore.
Then up in the woodland we find what we’ve come to see.
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 ‘Winifrede Mathais’
Galanthus ‘Elwesii Caucasicus’
Galanthus ‘Robin Hood’
A closer look.
It’s not all snowdrops up here. Sweet smelling Daphne.
But there are a lot. Galanthus ‘Ophelia’
And for a final flourish in the snow:
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.