One major feature in the garden is a massive Magnolia Campbelli, around 40ft high. This picture was taken in February as it was just starting to unfurl its beautiful, rich pink flowers. They are not yet fully open in this picture and are currently a bit lop sided, as the flowering starts on the west side of the tree, which gets the most sun.
Then the snow came. Well, everyone knows, it never snows in Cornwall! Maybe the odd smatter, but not proper job snow. This year we had proper snow with a vengeance. It made the garden very pretty, but the magnolia did not like it at all. Instead of a carpet of pink petals, the ground was covered (when the snow melted) with a carpet of mush. The buds had dropped from the tree and turned to a slippery mess.