Snowdrops, birdsong and spring.

My spirits lift whenever I venture into the garden. The song thrush is in good voice, the robin is singing loudly to warn off competitors and the great spotted woodpecker is drumming furiously. The snowdrops are superb, carpeting the ground beneath some shrubs and the clumps of winter aconites have really thickened up.

We have just returned from a trip to Norfolk, where we went to Anglesey Abbey- always worth a visit at this time of year. The winter walk was as lovely as ever and of course I could not resist buying a couple of new snowdrops. My special snowdrops are looking particularly fine – the strulch still seems to be deterring the molluscs.

I am delighted by the firepit, which I planted with Iris reticulata a couple of years ago. The clumps have really thickened up and provide a welcome splash of winter colour.

Honeybees are homing in on early crocuses, the newts are active in the pond and shoots of daffodils and tulips are evident all over the garden. Spring is on the way.

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