Friday 6 February 2015

The defrosting North

Cyclamen coum and Polypodium cambricum Cambricum Group early this morning.
 After a long weekend away I returned home on Wednesday morning, travelling through green countryside until just past York. At that point snow began to appear and as I travelled further east it got thicker and thicker. At home, on the edge of the Yorkshire wolds, there were 7.5 cm of snow on the ground, and it was still falling. It didn't go on much longer, but it left a legacy that lingers. A lot melted yesterday, but then a very clear night produced a hard frost so it froze solid again. A beautiful hoar frost developed and in clear bright sunshine this morning everything looked beautifully crisp and sparkly. It remained windless, clear and sunny all day - by lunchtime it was (dare I say it?) pleasantly warm, and for the first time this year the flowers could open.

Eranthis hyemalis 'Orange Glow'

Hoar frost on E. h. 'Zitronefalter' early on.

The same clump at lunchtime.

The first Crocus to open wide - a nice pink C. tommasinianus selection.

Galanthus 'S. Arnott'

G. elwesii 'Rosemary Burnham'

'Primrose Warburg'


  1. Hoar frost on Eranthis makes look them like lemon sorbet.
    Really nice pictures. Thank you

  2. your picture very nice , and so beautifull , I like this

  3. This is my first visit on your blog, and I have subscribed to follow you! I didn't kvow there were so many different Galanthus! It is so exciting to se all the lovely pictures ogf them. I really love the frozen Eranthis as well! Best wishes from Anne-Kristin, Bergen, Norway.

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