Even in the coldest, darkest months of the year we can look forward to the dawn of a new season. Delight in the first awakenings as tiny buds burst forth and miniature leaves unfurl revealing the treasures of the new year.
|Amelanchier, Clematis, Fern|
One moment the earth is brown, bare and devoid of life, the next something catches the eye and there, defying the cold and pushing its way toward the light, is a delicate green shoot. It seems far too fragile to survive the hostile conditions, yet as you look around, you realise that it is not alone.
|poppy, cornflower, limnanthes, aquilegia|
Overhead, twigs and branches are flushing with colour, buds are fattening and there is the happy realisation that winter is on the wane.
On the downside the wind has been doing its best to wreck the garden. This is my mini greenhouse with the cover torn to shreds and the frame all in pieces. Luckily, it wasn't expensive and can be replaced. I should have taken it into the greenhouse for safety, but didn't really think of it till it was too late.
This is what remains of my suspended bird table, the chains that held it have snapped and the feeders have emptied their contents all over the floor. Some emergency surgery needed methinks! The lid of my compost bin was blown off and it smashed up a blackcurrant bush nearby, even though I had put a heavy weight on the bin lid. When will this wind stop!