|Just the other day in the NZ House & Garden offices we were looking at a magical white winter garden photo spread in an overseas magazine and talking about how we’d love to see some local images of gardens under snow. Any more out there? Email them to us and we’ll put a selection here on the website.
Deborah and Johan Bester sent these images from Banff, Canada. "How a husband shows his love after the first snow in winter. Plus the only known photo of the elusive and rare Canadian Snow Cat."
Nancy Wilson sent in this photo of the after-effects of frost-fighting in the apple orchards of Cromwell.
"Here are a couple of snow photos from us," write Loren, Andy, Joe and Ben Stepkowski of Twizel in the McKenzie Country. "We recently moved from Wellington to our own 'little bit of paradise' here in Twizel, a huge move for us townies and it has taken some getting used to, the fist snow of the year was a delight to us all, although the Twizel hoar frost is the stangest thing we have ever encounted, the pics are from one of those days where you can't see down to the letterbox and it's very very quiet outside.
"I had to thow in a pic of our eldest boy Joe on his first trip to Mt Ohau, both my boys have taken to skiing/ice-skating and snowtubing like they were naturals and we look forward to many more opportunities for them to enjoy it."
Greg and Pip Rookes’ Arrowtown home was featured in our August issue - you can read the full article here. These photos were taken last year, but Pip tells us that they had another big dump late last week.
The McLean family sent us these shots of their farm and its llama - or is that alpaca? - herd under a dusting of the white stuff.
This is Stephanie Pursley having a hot drink after a good snowfall. "Pretty magic for an Australian now living in Wanaka and running a luxury lodge," she writes. "I still get terribly excited every time it snows!"
Priscilla Inglis emailed with "some snow photos from 'Leithlorien' Where blossoms lie dreaming'. They are certainly dreaming at the moment - about some warm weather!"
Wendy Middlemiss sent in these images of St Clair, Dunedin, under a magical white blanket - including this rather Narnia-esque photo of a lamppost.
"Here are some pictures of my snow story," writes Tracy Mckerchar, who now lives in Rangiora, Canterbury. "This is at a farm in Westerfield near Ashburton we were sharemilking at during a snowy winter. We missed the Dorie dance that night. The tractor just made it out. The next day it was fine. Enjoy"
Helen Meuli sent us this photo of her garden in Kaikoura, complete with her cold-resistant cat. She writes:
"I have just received a copy of Common Ground by Janice Marriott and Virginia Pawsey, which I won in your competition. I’ve wanted to get my hands on this book for some time as I’ve heard good things about it. My husband John and I farm in the ranges south-west of Kaikoura and have hot summers and cold winters with plenty of light snow falls and a couple of heavier ones each winter (like the one just before we took this April picture of our backyard). Gardening can be a challenge here and planting has to be timed just right. I have been buying NZ House & Garden for 31 years and I love to see what others are doing with their patch of dirt!"
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