I was not expecting snow in the garden on Tuesday, there being none remaining in the West End where I live. I'm glad it was so cold that I wore my warm boots anyway. It was not deep snow, and the paths were either clear or not slippery, but it provided a beautiful backdrop. Douglas Justice's February in the Garden | UBC Botanical Garden blog featured the currently blooming Rhododendron 'Cornubia' with its deep red flowers, and there were lots of these flowers that did not seem to be suffering from the effects of the cold and snow. I don't know what the additional cold and snow from yesterday has done to them. My favourite, though, is the Rhododendron barbatum, mentioned in the blog as an ancestor, though not direct parent, of R. 'Cornubia'. This has the nice red colouring, but what could beat these awesome barbs! Not many flowers were open on these.