Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Spring sprang sprung

To my great delight, there are signs that spring, if it hasn't quite sprung, it is at least on its way.  Now that the snow has retreated some of the braver spring flowers are showing their faces.

A drift of snowdrops.  I think these are the most elegant of flowers, and to be the forerunner of spring makes them a double delight.

The snowdrop, winter's timid child  
~Mary Robinson

The aconites hide beneath a bush.  A burst of colour for the still dark days.

Aconite, the first of all,
Who is so very, very small;
Who is so golden-haired and good,
And wears a bib, as babies should.
~Jan Struther.

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  1. The aconite's are beautiful. But I've never seen them growing in real life. :(

  2. Please let us have an end to this cold snowy weather, I for one will welcome spring with open arms this year.. whenever she decides to deign us with her presence but I think she is still fast asleep here right now.

  3. I love the snowdrops. They look so elegant and yet humble; bowing down like a gentleman.

  4. Hi A. --

    I thought that February's supposed to be the coldest month in your part of the world? If so, spring really has come extra early this year, huh?

  5. "...and wears a bib, as babies should." I like that. :)

  6. You must be even a little earlier than here. I love aconites, but can't see to get them to grow here. Thanks for a smile.

  7. @Solomon, they were already planted in this garden, so I can take no credit for them. I don't even know what they like for growing conditions.

    @Sage, you obviously have it worse than we do. Not so bad here, cold but bright and sunny.

    @BK, snowdrops are one of the best as far as I am concerned.

    @YTSL, hi there! Snowdrops survive most of our winters very well and almost always put in an appearance here at the end of January. Aconites are something of a mystery to me. Nobody here would say spring has come early! We've had a devastating couple of weeks since we returned to England.

    @Max, I do too! Those lines were included for no other reason. :)

    @Sharkbytes, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  8. What gorgeous shots. Thanks for sharing.

  9. @jodapoet, I'm very glad you liked them. Thanks.


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