A nod to spring

Snowdrops

Snowdrops bring cheer, a nod to spring, especially on a bright sunny day in February.

There’s nothing like a blink of sun with a teasing hint of warmth and clusters of perky snowdrops to kid that spring is just around the corner. In the garden I even noticed flowers on a few polyanthus plants, like fresh pink faces amidst a slough of mahogany coloured leaves.

Clump of snowdrops

White snowdrops, mahogany leaves.

A clump of heather, white flowers in bloom, believes spring has arrived. But this is just mid February. The forecast is for cold to return, and in this part of the world we often have snowfalls in late March, even April, with sleet in May not totally unknown. Last year, in our topsy-turvy climate world, one of our warmest spells was in March, so we steel ourselves for uncertainties and remind ourselves of the old saying which could apply to garden as well as humans – Ne’er cast a cloot till May be oot.  (Never shed one piece of clothing till after the end of May).

White heather

White heather, given for luck, grown for the fillip it gives to the late winter garden.

But spirits rise with the confirmation that winter is passing and any snow or freezing spells descending now will be relatively short lived. Hopefully. Meantime on this bright day the papery leaves of Honesty shimmer like wafers of mother-of-pearl and the ground-hugging golden yew glows in the sun. Colour is returning to the hibernating garden.

Honesty in winter

Honesty, brings interest to the garden in winter, but why was the plant given this name?

Golden yew

Ground-hugging golden yew brings a splash of sunshine to the garden in dull winter days.

In the mud left by rain and melting snow roads are patterned by the treads of car and tractor tyres. Plants sleeping on their feet look tired and earth-spattered, while others are cosy beneath their cover of fallen leaves and it will be a while yet before a spring clean encourages the garden to abandon its sluggishness and put on another show of shape and colour.

Tentative signs of spring

A nod to spring in our garden in the Scottish Borders.

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About jingsandthings

I am me. What do I like? Colour Shapes Textures Paintings, photographs, sculptures, woven tapestries, wonderful materials. The love of materials probably comes from my father who was a textile buyer, and I grew up hearing the names of mills and manufacturers which sounded magical and enticing. Glass in all its soft and vibrant colours and flowing shapes, even sixties glass which makes its own proud statement. A book I can immerse myself in. Meals with family or friends with lots of chat and laughter (and probably a bottle or two of wine). The occasional trip abroad to experience the sights, sounds, food, conversation, quality of light and warmth of other countries. To revel in differences and be amazed by similarities. I like to create and to experience, to try and to achieve. And then there are words – read, heard, written at my keyboard, or scrawled on sticky notes, or along the edges of dog-eared supermarket receipts excavated from the unexplored nooks of my handbag. What do I dislike? Cold Snow Bad design Fast food Condescension
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22 Responses to A nod to spring

  1. mamacormier says:

    Even though the groundhog predicted any early spring here, I’m very doubtful, especially after another big snowfall this past weekend.

  2. carolee1945 says:

    I always heard Honesty as being called the Silver Dollar Plant, so be honest and don’t steal it????

  3. Spring is much awaited this year (especially post Nemo) …this post brought in and renewed our hope. Thanks for posting 🙂

  4. mybrightlife says:

    Just love the snowdrops. Always have. Bring to mind spring and fairies. Do you have those in Scotland?

  5. Rita Kay says:

    Snowdrops are one of my favorite little flowers !! The weather here has been too cold for even the snowdrops to come out. Thanks for sharing such beautiful photos.

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