There can be few more uplifting sights than the banks of snowdrops that appear in abundance at this time of the year. The resilience of these small flowers never ceases to amaze, however severe the weather might be. In fact, this particular winter has been remarkably mild – so far!
It is snowdrop time. Each and every year I marvel at the resilience and determination of these deceptively ‘delicate’ and ‘dainty’ flowers as they blossom beside the bridleway having forced their way, often, through frozen ground or, as this year, through dead grass, broken twigs and other decaying detritus from 2015.
There is about the anemone blanda a delightful sense of innocence and purity that contrasts with some of its noisier neighbours in the early Spring garden.
The snow has arrived – quite late this winter. It fell during the night on Saturday and we awoke yesterday morning to a covering of 12cm-15cm – deeper in places. Here, in rural Northamptonshire, the scene was transformed into a Winter Wonderland – very picturesque.
- Winter Walk
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Nature’s calendar is punctuated by significant happenings – the first lambs of the year, buds on trees and shrubs, pussy willows, bluebells, the return of swallows, the sound of the first cuckoo in Spring, and so on. But for me, the most eagerly awaited sight is the flowering of the first snowdrops. This small, seemingly frail plant never ceases to amaze. Even during severe winters it will somehow find its way through rock hard soil to lift our spirits and, with its coy, pristine flowers, remind us that Spring will soon be here – well, eventually!
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