Winter Garden ‘Snowku’


Is there any such word?

Cold and shivery, if so!

Tiny ice crystals


Snow was fleeting in my part of the world, so I had to be quick with the camera.  While Jude was loitering inside the glasshouse I was out in the fingerless gloves.  Who’s the fool, I ask myself.  Certainly not Jude!

When I was folder-ing these away, I came across some evidence that our hellebores really don’t seem to mind snow.  Nor the rhododendrons, come to that.  But then, don’t they come from the Himalayas?


That’s quite enough snowku for this month!  I just sneaked a look at next month’s Garden Photography Challenge.  ‘Monochrome’… over to you!


  1. You are so clever with your ‘snowku,” which I think is a wonderful word. The ice crystals are really quite beautiful against the foliage and those sweet little primroses. I’m going to be curious to see what you do with monochrome! 🙂

      1. Strangely weary. Heat exhaustion? Daughter exhaustion? Too much holiday fun with my sister last week? A bracing walk in light snow would probably do the trick. 🙂

  2. I’m reaching for a woolly jumper just looking at these photos Jo. I think I’ll join Jude in the glasshouse. BTW you could enter those brave primroses in this weeks WP photo challenge of “optimism”. Clever haiku, you are becoming quite the poet…

      1. Oh. Well then, I shall just have to hang around the blogs of my other Northern Hemisphere friends for further snowy doses. I can revel in it because I don’t have to live in it.

        Did you know we had snow last week? It was 43 degrees Celsius on Wednesday and then on Thursday the temperature dropped so much it snowed in the mountains. Life is never boring here. 😀

  3. Wow that first photograph is fantastic . . . . pleased though we’ve escaped the cold and ice! Having a drizzly day here today but yesterday was gorgeous, and the Spring flowers are beginning to dominate the landscape. Should be lovely and warm for your Algarvian walks in a couple of weeks 🙂

  4. Love your snow scenes Jo. We’ve had a few mornings of hard frost but I haven’t had a chance to take any photos, so I’m glad to see yours 🙂 Sorry I haven’t been over lately, but I’m catching up, very slowly 🙂

    1. No worries, hon! I never know what day you’re going to post so I often wait till you come for a walk with me before I visit yours. (unless I spot you in somebody’s comments 🙂 ) Hope you’re in for a smooth spell, Sherri. You’re certainly due one! Sending big hugs 🙂

      1. Makes perfect sense, you know I’ll always be over to you and you’re right, I never know what day I’m going to post either! And it will be even more random for a while methinks. Thank you lovely Jo, you’re a bright star shining in my world 🙂 xx

    1. I have some of those silly ones that turn into mitts, Ad, but once your fingers get cold… 😦 The last couple are from our conservatory a couple of years ago when we had a bit more of the white stuff.. A bit warmer 🙂

    1. It wasn’t as cold as you might think, Colline. The snow has its own excitement 🙂 Never colder than -1C. It’s 5-7C daytimes at present but seems colder with the grey skies.

  5. I love your inventiveness with snowku, and also those lovely photos of fleeting snow. Made me a bit homesick for winter Warsaw. It also reminded me of rooku, an Australian version of haiku, with more relaxed rules, featured on Melbourne trains, at least it was in 2008.

    1. I was a little bit naughty, Meg, and hoped nobody would take offense. I keep meaning to look at different poetry forms… just another of those going to do things! Like learning Polish 😦 Imperative for my 2 week stay. No snow though, thanks 🙂

  6. Snowku! Oh, my, what am I going to do with you? Love the first one – practically a macro there Jo, you must have been on your knees! And the second – NOW you discover benches for me 🙄 And I love the obelisk (and your playing) but I feel very sorry for the primula. They look a bit shivery. And monochrome… I know you have it in you. Get looking in Tavira, you have until the end of February to discover some monochromatic gem!

  7. Nice snowku. You directed our attention to the elegant little ice crystals. I think we had a little snow in Seattle when I was away, but I haven’t seen it yet this year.

    1. I really enjoy making it up as I wander the streets, Gilly! Am I strange? 🙂 I played with this one walking into town this afternoon. It was so glum! I was going to post it tomorrow, as per your ‘tradition’ but… you know me… no restraint 🙂 And thank you!

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