Tuesday View – 27th February 2018

Well, I’m posting on Tuesday but the photographs were all taken yesterday morning.

The forecasts here are not always accurate but snow and high winds had been forecast for Sunday night, Monday morning for most of last week so I had to take it seriously.  I put fleece over the plastic coldframe in the hope that it was in a relatively protected position and the fleece wouldn’t make the whole frame take off.

I also put fleece over the newly planted out Pak Choi and Chard but decided to leave the peas and broad beans to their own devices.

This is what I awoke to on Monday morning.

Welcome, do have a comfy seat!

It might be a little cold though so perhaps we’d better take a walk around the garden.

View across the large island

The large pot in the foreground contains Agapanthus; they won’t like the cold.

The left side of the garden

The evergreens are coated in snow (I hope they are warm under their snowy blanket).


Leaving the shade netting on looks like a bad decision this year unless it is keeping the chill wind off the roof.  Snow covered olives to the right.

Cyprus and Melia with Quercus ilex bushes in the background

View from the west side of the terrace

The view you’d see if you were sitting on the seats in the first image.

Coldframes with ice sculpture over it

amazing how cold the wind must have been to have created this form.

Agave and succulents I thought would be protected from the N NE wind

I had placed all the Agave and Succulents against the wall in the hope that they would be protected from the wind; it must have been swirling around for them to be covered in this way.  I hope they’re OK!

View out from the terrace on the north east side of the house

A view I don’t often show but maybe showing more in future (but more about that in another post).

Did you have snow and cold weather from Siberia?  Do share some photographs of your snowy garden.

I’m still blocked in as the lane is blocked by icy drifted snow about 70 cm high.

48 thoughts on “Tuesday View – 27th February 2018

  1. Wow! I don’t think I have seen your garden with snow before! It was quite a lot, wasn’t it. And the wind has clearly made it drift really deep in places too. It can be surprisingly insulating, so I hope your succulents are cosy under that thick layer! Still, hope it warms up soon and all that lovely moisture will soak into the ground nice and slowly. 🙂

    • The wind piled some of the snow making it appear even more than it was; but it more than I’ve ever seen here before. It is even more unusual for it to snow in Rome, it must have been beautiful.

  2. It does look rather pretty but I’m sure that you’d rather not had any snow. It been bitterly cold here in London but thankfully just a few flurries that haven’t settled. xx

    • Yes, you’re right I could certainly do without this very cold weather and the snow is an inconvenience when you live somewhere that doesn’t have to deal with it very often (much like London). Hope your snow doesn’t come to anything.

  3. Ciao Christina ,
    We saw Rome’s snow in the news and thought to check your site. You didn’t disappoint! Your place looks more like what we’d expect here. Hope your plants and grounds adapt, and look forward to spring! Nice that your neighbor has provided you with access.
    We are always appreciative when Grady across the road plows our drive.
    Best wishes!

    • Hi, yes, it was very beautiful for a while, then I just wanted it to melt. The real problem for the plants are the extraordinarily low temperatures. Minus 11C tonight!!!!! Great to hear from you.

  4. Christina the snow is pretty when it starts to fall. I have plants resistant to cold in my garden. But your garden did not and it was a good snowfall. Poor Agaves and succulents. And the worst is the cold it does. I hope that the snow melts immediately and temperatures rise, having values over zero at night. I wish that your plants did not suffer any damage, especially the seedlings you planted outside. If you were so kind, when the snow melts and the cold is so strong, tell us how your plants are. Keep the heat. Take care. Greetings from Margarita.

    • The Agave are quite tough, we’ll see how tough at the end of the week when the rain comes and everything thaws out! Thank you for your kind wishes and yes, I’ll let you know how things survive or not!

  5. Oh Christina, this looks magical and how lucky to have got a nice warm blanket for protection. No such luck here but they say it might snow tomorrow but then it’ll be too late for the plants as the cold spell will be over too. The coldest was -7°c this morning, my poor cerinthe, iris etc. aren’t impressed! Keep warm 🙂

    • But sadly the blanket isn’t over everything as the wind blew the snow around; in some places it is deep in others there’s none at all now and tonight and tomorrow are forecast to be even colder.

  6. Oh shiver me timbers Christina – you have even more snow than we do. Here we woke up to a white blanket and there has been more during the day. Such heavy snowfall must be very unusual in your part of the world. I hope that all your plants survive without damage. We are forecast severe frost too. I’ve ventured out to wrap up a couple of new roses where new growth has been growing a bit too quickly. I hope that you stay warm and cosy and don’t have to venture far from home whilst the cold snap lasts.

  7. I never expected to see your garden look like that. My goodness, that’s cold. I hope your succulents will be OK. After all the polar vortex warnings, we have only had a few flakes of snow. It has been cold, but lovely and sunny.

  8. So much snow overnight! You will be walking slowly thru your garden checking for survivors, once the cold snap thaws. Hopefully your plants will have benefitted from snow’s insulation.

  9. That’s a LOT more than a dusting of snow! I hope it’s started to melt and that all the plants under that white blanket survive. Our current cold weather is also coming from the Arctic but of course it hasn’t delivered snow here (although the Pacific Northwest received a great deal). We did get a touch of rain last night and have some hope of more later this week. Nonetheless, the possibility of beating the driest year on record here is still very possible.

  10. oh my gosh! I would have never believed it.
    The photos are beautiful and what a different view of the garden. I’m sure it’s exciting, but even better that most of it is already being put to work watering the garden… and no longer blocking the lane. I hope temperatures don’t drop as much as expected tonight.

    • The wind hasn’t been as strong as predicted so I don’t think the temperatures will be as low either. I’m sure our little bit of snow seems quite insignificant to you but here it caused chaos.

  11. Wow, this is incredible. I hope there isn’t a lot of damage to your garden. At least the ones covered in snow are at zero, not minus 11. Small comfort, I’m sure. Hope a warm up comes soon.

  12. Hi Cristina – I’m astonished. Your photos are amazing, the ice sculpture on the cold frame, drifts of snow around what must usually be pleasant areas for sitting etc. Maybe the netting over the greenhouse will be protective, a sort of insulating layer as the temperatures fall further. I guess agaves etc, being desert plants, are adapted to seasonal sudden falls in temperature – is that right? Sorry to see the agapanthus buried, however.
    This winter has been strange all around the Mediterranean. Stormy weather across N. Africa from Alexandria to Morocco. We have caught the edge, down in Cairo, but not like you. Tough weather conditions in Syria, Lebanon. But i find it hard to imagine snow in Rome…

    • We have snow every 3 or 4 years so this isn’t our first experience. Locals talk about temperatures like this every 30 years but it has happened at least 3 times in our 15 years here. Rome being a city it is more unusual but that has also happened in the last 5 years or so. North America seems to have had a much warmer winter than usual so I think the weather patterns are beginning to change with global climate change which does not just mean warming as is so often assumed. I think we will all have to be prepared to live with more extremes! Last summer was exceptionally hot and dry and the winter has been long and cold.

  13. My goodness that is a turn around….we have record warmth and you have snow. Winter is returning here with 30s and rain snow mix, but I don’t think we will be getting snow like that any more. Winter is shifting and leaving soon. Your garden looks lovely in its coat of white. I hope there was no damage.

  14. This dry powdery snow is a different thing altogether from the wetter version we normally experience – haven’t seen drifts for a few years. Your garden might look pretty with its covering but time will tell whether any damage has been done – it is your seedlings you are most concerned about? Glad the local farmer cleared the road for you and hope temperatures are on the rise again now

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