I went out into the garden a few nights ago and was enchanted by the silence and beauty of it with a thick covering of snow. It felt as though it was a magical land waiting for something to happen.

In daylight it was interesting too, of course. However many times you see it the appearance of plants, paths and structures in the snow is always fascinating.

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The pond has iced over again and I couldn’t make a hole. I hope there aren’t any more frogs left in there to suffer.

The gold-variegated evergreens provide a good contrast to the black and white look of snow scenes.

Eleagnus with snow

Eleagnus with snow

Euonymus 'Emerald and Gold'

Euonymus ‘Emerald and Gold’

I knocked the snow off the rosemary and mahonia where the branches looked heavy enough to break.

Apple trees have a particular charm with their gnarled-looking, horizontal branches.

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