Sunday, 27 January 2013

All the snow has gone

The flowers have emerged from under their white winter blanket. This is the triumphant face of nature in adversity.

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  1. Beautiful!!! No flowers yet here, just a big swamp and bits and pieces of snow and ice but spring is showing a little bit already with green sprouts here and there, nothing like the array of colours you show us here though. Love the Helleborus!!!
    Bye,
    Marian

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    1. Dear Marian - I cannot believe how quickly the snow disappeared once I told it go!!! Your snow has been around for much longer so will take a bit longer for the flowers to emerge I suspect, but it is all beginning to happen.

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    2. Hi Rosemary, as I was writing my post this evening, I didn't know whether to put down 'most of the snow had gone' or 'most of the snow was gone' so I ended up just writing 'most of the snow gone' ;-) Now strolling along the blogs I follow, your title sprung to my eyes : the snow HAS gone! Not always easy when English is not your native language, even if we hear it on TV and radio all the time. The snow here has not all gone, there's also still some on the roof. All day long we've heard enormous noice from snow sliding down from the roof, often coming down on the terrace with a big smash. I know that from past years already, so every autumn I move all pots with plants together to a 'snowsafe' spot where no snow comes down from the roof.
      Bye,
      Marian

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    3. Dear Marian - your English is wonderful, I envy you for speaking your non native language so well. It sounds as if it is a little bit dangerous with the snow sliding down off the roof. I am sure that if you have had a mild day today all of your snow will have departed by tomorrow.
      Our snow had almost gone yesterday, just little bits still lying around but overnight it went completely so it became in the past. That is reflected in the posts title when I wrote HAS gone.

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  2. The beauty in the middle of winter!Here no sign of spring yet!
    The plants are frozen so I shall do new beginning!Very nice flowers Rosemary !

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    1. Dear Olympia - I was surprised when I wandered around the garden at just how many flowers were open, and bulbs pushing through the soil.

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  3. You got your wish - just in time for Sunday. I spent yesterday doing yard work and can say, definitely, that there is not a single plant yet pushing up through the soil at Pondside.

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    1. I expect that your bulbs must be later than ours in that case. It always takes me by surprise when I see how quickly they emerge after Christmas.

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  4. Only the odd remains of drifts here now, Rosemary, and they will soon disappear. What lovely flowers.

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    1. Nothing here at all now Perpetua - I cannot believe how quickly it vanished. The flowers are wonderful, what resilient little things they are.

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  5. Beautiful flowers! So nice to see some colourful flowers.

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    1. The murmurings of spring are in the air.

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  6. Dear Rosemary, I love these shots. They are so perfect and they are so beautiful. Will you replant them back into your garden once they have bloomed? Snow drops are our earliest here ...but not until late February. Thanks for the lovely harbinger of Spring. ox, Gina

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    1. Dear Gina - Thank you - they are just stems cut from the garden so no roots or bulbs involved. I put some wet moss in the bottom of the bowl, and just stuck the stems into it.

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  7. I'm still waiting - it rained a lot today but not enough to get rid of all the snow however the weather is warming up and we expect 11 on Wednesday which I hope will see the snow finally disappear for a while.
    Interestingly we have one very hardy snapdragon on our balcony, carrying on regardless.
    I love seeing the snowdrops appearing! They really do gladden the heart don't they.
    Kirk

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    1. It is lovely to see everything springing into life, and once it all starts there is no stopping the momentum.
      Time to think about holidays me thinks.

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  8. I am so looking forward to it!May be I should move to a warmer country? Lovely flowers, lovely photo! I wish you a nice week, Rosemary!

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    1. I think that may be you appreciate the better weather when it comes after a hard winter. That is my theory anyway.

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  9. What a beautiful arrangement I didn't thought the plants were potted up too, that is such a lovely idea. Our snowdrops are only just appearing.
    Sarah x

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    1. I was surprised how many plants were flowering - roll on the spring,

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  10. The snow has almost melted away in Rotterdam too. Can't wait to see the first signs of spring in the garden!

    Happy new week Rosemary!

    Madelief x

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    1. Enough is enough Madelief - it was lovely to see the snow, but nice to see it leave.

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  11. Such interesting photos. I must investigate picmonkey myself. Is the pink one a Lenten Rose? I love those and grow them.

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    1. Yes, you are right - it is a Helleborus - but also known as Lenten rose.
      Do give Picmonkey a try, it is free, and if you need any help just ask.

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  12. We are still enjoying the snow here...very crisp and hard on top which makes it very easy for the squirrels to run like the demons they are...fast as a shot, when they see a hawk swing overhead.

    I must say, your intro photo is beautiful. We don't see snowdrops for awhile yet, but they do gladden the heart as your blog post did.

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    1. The snowdrops are so beautiful to see, particularly being the first flowers then closely followed by the Helleborus. Once they start appearing it all begins to happen very quickly.

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  13. Good morning Rosemary!

    Here today is 0 C ! I am so affraid that it will get even warmer and all the snow will go : (
    There is still a lot of winter ahead us here, and without snow is boring.
    Lets hope it will get a bit colder again...

    lots of love from Norway : )

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    1. Dear Demie - you have turned from a Greek sun princess to a Norwegian snow princess.
      It is lovely that you are able to embrace your adopted countries climate so happily.
      For me, a week of snow is enough. Roll on the warmer weather and spring.

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  14. Dear Rosemary,
    What uplifting photos of your plants. The snow now gone.. with your pics, one can see that spring is on the way.
    I simply cant wait. Not just for the flowers..but for this awful cold wet weather to leave us.
    Today mr. sun is showing his head.. but still cold.
    roll on spring.

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    1. Dear Val - it is not long now before your trip, so I am pleased that the weather seems to be improving for your visit. Transportation is so difficult when the weather is poor. I bet you are excited.

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  15. Ah, the start of another growing season, let the planning and working (and photographing) begin!

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    1. Yes, I think that the growing season has started, just the first green shoots, but definitely there.

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  16. Dear Rosemary,your pictures with those beautiful flowers looks amazing!My Hyacinth bulbs just bloomed,and some of my roses too!!Here in Athens it is'nt so much cold!!
    Wishing you a lovely week!!
    Dimi..

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    1. Dear Dimi - it is lovely to see the flowers beginning to bloom again, spring in definitely in the air.

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  17. What beautiful, and uplifting photos Rosemary. You are a gifted photographer. Now I can identify a snow drop, as per a previous post, but am unfamiliar with the pink flower. It is lovely. I'm sure you will enjoy the process of Spring coming to your lovely garden!

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    1. Dear Patricia - thank you for your very kind comment. The pink flower is a Hellebore - sometimes called a Lenten rose. I have several of them ranging in colour from white to almost black. I suspect that they do not grow in Australia it is probably too hot for them.

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