February finds

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At last, January’s over and February’s here – and with it a definite sense that spring is just around the corner. We still have snow on the ground in these parts but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to discover: look closely and you’ll spot plenty of signs of growth.

Snowdrops are appearing. Even those in shadier spots, as yet tightly in bud, are on the brink of bursting open. One of my favourite combinations is the bronze leaves of hornbeam hedging with drifts of snowdrops growing away underneath.

We often walk around the churchyard and it’s a good place to spot green shoots poking through the earth: daffodils, crocus, Muscari. The magnolia trees are in bud too and they’re a beautiful sight against a clear blue sky. We have a magnolia Stellata, again covered in buds, and I can’t wait for the white starry flowers to appear.

The colours at this time of year are really lovely: acid greens (catkins, Hamamelis), purple-pinks (Hellebores) and of course zingy yellow narcissi. Take a look in your borders and feel a sense of anticipation as the days lengthen and nature wakes up from its winter sleep.

Thanks for reading,