The graph of the fourteen day local weather forecast looks like a roller-coaster. This weekend the temperature was a frigid -12C with a heavy snowfall. Yesterday it bounced up to+3C and over the next few days it is supposed to reach +6C with a steady rain that has already washed away the weekends snow.
Because of this, it has been difficult to post images that show the current state of the garden, it's been cold enough to bring out the intense colour on the Abies koreana Aurea , but warm enough for my witch hazel Hamamelis x intermedia "Jelena' to burst into bloom. For a short time we had enough snow to transform the appearance of plants and objects, but now that has washed away, for the time being anyway. More snow is forecast for the end of the week!
This is not an unusual sight in January, the witch hazel is always ready to take advantage of any mild weather that comes its way. When its mild the flowers unfurl only to fold up again when the temperature drops.
This little Abies koreana is colourful year round, but is at its best in the Winter when its foliage ranges from lemon yellow to lime.
This Molinia caerulea is not one of those grasses that provides vertical interest in the winter garden, in fact it seems to collapse way before it's hit by heavy snow falls, for that reason I gave it a severe haircut this Fall and I have been rewarded with this spiky transformation.