While many of us love the idea of a postcard-perfect White Christmas, with a blanket of snow covering the horizon as we wrap up warm inside with friends and family, the reality can be far less enjoyable, particularly for those worried about their gardens.

Even though green-fingered enthusiasts will want to protect their plants and flowers over the colder months, they might have to brace themselves for a very cold December, as weather experts have anticipated temperatures could plummet to -10C in some areas.

According to weather maps from NetWeather.com, the Scottish Highlands and Inverness are likely to experience snow from this Sunday (December 8th). It is then likely to be seen in other areas of Scotland, followed by north England and Wales, the Express reported.

The cold blast is expected to last a fortnight, with snowfall of up to 16.5 inches in Scotland.

With weather experts anticipating an arctic blast over the next few weeks, bookies have started to take bets on whether it will end up being a White Christmas.

According to Coral, the odds for it being the coldest December since records began are 4/6, while it is 1/2 that snow falls in any major UK city this week.

Harry Aitkenhead from Coral told the news provider: “It’s going to be a freezing festive period. We are expecting snow this week and it’s fuelling hopes that we might even see a White Christmas this year.”

If it does snow in your area, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden reassured gardeners that this would not necessarily damage plants.

“Snow can act as a blanket, protecting new growth from extreme temperatures and wind while keeping the plants moist,” the organisation’s curator Michael Mauro stated.

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