Gardening jobs for snowy weather

Posted: Monday 6 February 2012
by Adam Pasco

[...] capturing gardening in all its glory for Gardeners' World Magazine and requires planning, and photographs of gardening and associated activities in the snow are in high demand.

Phormium 'Yellow Wave' leaves in snow

Call it my dedication to work, but I sacrificed my one lie-in a week yesterday to get out in the snow. No, I wasn't coerced into it by young children, but by my neighbourly garden photographer, Tim Sandall.

You see, capturing gardening in all its glory for Gardeners' World Magazine and requires planning, and photographs of gardening and associated activities in the snow are in high demand.

So Tim and I have a pact ... if it snows, no matter what day, he will turn up on my doorstep suitably equipped (that's thermal underwear, waterproofs and camera). A brief phone call on Saturday confirmed snow would arrive in the East Midlands by late afternoon, and on the dot of 5.30pm it started.

At first light my photographer would arrive, so no lie-in for me on Sunday morning. After an early start clearing about 4in of snow from his car, Tim duly turned-up on my doorstep at 9am, equipped as detailed above.

With a perfect winter wonderland scene outside, worthy of any Christmas card, I set to work:

Tim took some beautiful photographs, including the last remaining holly berries shining out beneath a coating of pure white snow. We will use some of them in the What to do now section of the magazine next winter.

Mission accomplished, we were back indoors for a hot mug of tea.

Now I can relax with a bumper batch of wonderful winter gardening snow scenes ready for future use. And if it snows again next Sunday, perhaps I can have a lie-in.

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happymarion 06/02/2012 at 17:08

We only had a light fall of snow in Bristol, Adam but I was out there with my biscuit crumbs for the robins and my camera. Now all our snow has gone but my desktop has been changed from a summer shot of Barrington Court to the snow scene of my garden with two wood pigeons pinching the biscuit crumbs. I had to go into my potting shed for my saw as the snowfall had been too much for a 14foot yucca and snapped the trunk. Snow does beautify everything despite the damage it can do. All my large yuccas were fine in the last two severe winters but they had put on a lot of lush new leaves in the warm October weather this year. No two years are ever the same for us gardeners. I've never heard a gardener say he or she was bored!

Adam Pasco 06/02/2012 at 17:33

Sorry your tall yucca collapsed under the weight of snow, happymarion. I'm sure you are not alone.

Talking about taking photos of your robin, Tim got an amazing picture of 'my' robin during a recent visit. They're so inquisitive at this time of year, and the robin came right up in front of me while clearing a border so it could get in the picture. I'll certainly be using this picture in my What To Do Now pages of the magazine in future.

Eddie J 06/02/2012 at 17:58

To me the snow  brought an added demension, helped to frame the garden, and also add new interest.

I'd just love to have a reasonable quality camera and the skill to take a good photo.

Here are two examples from our garden.

Icing On The Cake.


The Green Lady 06/02/2012 at 19:59

I pulled a muscle in my back the day before the snow came. It meant I couldn't go sledging so instead I had lots of fun on my own with my camera. I was looking for gardens that spill over into the public domain, or making outdoor green spaces my garden.

sarahbroome 06/02/2012 at 20:29

I have a pretty good idea that I probably won't have to brush the snow off my newly planted trees, pyracantha, mini hawthorn hedge, amelanchier and all the little snowdrops, primroses, bluebells, hellebores, cowslips, and daffodils, cos I'm pretty sure we won't be getting any!!

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