Although dry and sunny…

this morning there’s a bitterly cold wind so I just had a quick look round.  All the daffodils are now showing, such as these in the long planter. The ones below are the dwarf Tete-a-tetes.

The distinctive leaves of the perennial cornflowers (centaurea montana) are regrowing.

The weather, especially the rain and wind, hasn’t been kind on the crocuses Snow Bunting, which aren’t looking too good as some have flopped and others are a bit ragged.

Today is Imbolc in the Celtic calendar, the mid-point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox marking the earth’s awakening from cold.  It’s also known as Candlemas, the quickening of the year.

Have a good weekend!


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24 Responses to Although dry and sunny…

  1. Liz says:

    Awakening from the cold sounds wonderful! Despite their battering, your white crocus look pretty and Tete a Tete are always good to see.

  2. Lucy Corrander says:

    Imbolc – an interesting sounding word. I’d not heard of that before.

  3. CJ says:

    The crocuses look pretty good to me, I do love the soft creamy white ones. I didn’t know that about Imbolc, but things are definitely on the move out there. Let’s hope it’s a little warmer soon. I have gardening to do! CJ xx

  4. Happy Candlemas! It is impossible not be moved by the leaves and bulbs showing! Roll on spring!

  5. menhir1 says:

    No attempting anything like gardening here. Even a peak would be out of order with our weather conditions for the last two days.

    Nice to see your Spring plants springing. xxx

  6. Glo says:

    The daffodils are a wonderful promise of spring, although the weather could do with warming up. Good for you getting out and about, checking to see how your plot flowers are doing.

  7. Carrie Gault says:

    Happy Imbolc – oh no, it’s just returned into tomorrow 😦
    Love all your buds and those snowdrops look great to me! Mine are just poking through; everything takes longer to get going up here xxx

  8. They will open up soon! Then you will have something bright and yellow for your day

  9. Perennial cornflower are so fluffy, I love them! I am also growing dwarf Tete-a-tetes and they started to appear in the front garden! Have a great weekend too! xxx

  10. snowbird says:

    Your crocus are way ahead of mine. Our cornflowers seem to be at the same stage though. Isn’t it wonderful seeing the buds and bulbs appearing?xxx

  11. nikkipolani says:

    I’m liking the look of those centaurea leaves. They seem undaunted by the cold!

  12. Jo says:

    It seems to me as though things are waking up much sooner this year than they usually do, I’m not sure if this is so or if it’s just a case of me noticing things around me more. I’m glad that I can see signs of spring though, winter is always too long for me, and the days are definitely lengthening, that’s something to be happy about.

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