An unusual sight here in the garden - Dicksonia antarctica in the 'rainforest' with a covering of snow. In any case, this species of Dicksonia is said to be tolerant of a few degrees of frost. However, in recent years such a scene has become less unusual; in addition, over the past five years or so there have been lasting periods of frost with temperatures down to -5°C — so much for global warming. Other plants visible in the photograph are: Trachycarpus fortunei, Magnolia grandiflora, Trachycarpus wagnerianus, Rhodocoma capensis and a couple of eucalypts. None of the plants here was hatmed during that winter. Snow, here at least, disappears rapidly and is rarely accompanied by significant frost.
© Maciej Pomian-Srzednicki, 2008
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Dicksonia antrarctica in snow

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