First Snowdrops

Snowdrops in The Garden Times garden
The sweet surprise as you dash around the corner, a reminder to slow down and enjoy each passing moment.

“and now, at last,
Might you have thought that winter’s woe was past;
So fair the sky was, and so soft the air.”
William Morris

We don’t have masses of snowdrops yet but each year, slowly, slowly, they are increasing. I always think this is one of the greatest gifts and lessons in gardening, is that all good things take time and there are simple pleasure to be had even when they are not obvious to the eye, particularly in winter when it could seem gloomy.
Amazing snowdrops by Clive Nichols -hopefully mine will look like this one day!
Amazing snowdrops by Clive Nichols -hopefully mine will look like this one day!
Here is a short list of of winter joys and simple pleasures I have found this week.

The scent of camellias

Camellia flowers
Camellia flowers
Camellia flowers
Camellia japonicas are wonderful as they will grow under large trees.
Camellia sasanqua 'Rose Pendant' in flower
Camellia sasanqua ‘Rose Pendant’ and other winter flowering camellia often have sweet perfume
Joyful anticipation of my seeds arriving and the anxious wait to see what will come up as I’m a impatient seed grower, more of a strewer than a seedling flats and tamping down and all that palava. But! this year I am reformed and have prepared lots of little trays so I hope for much success this year.
seed selection
Oh, how to choose?
The Garden Times
Choosing seeds- no one says it better than Captain Jim “It always amazes me to look at the little, wrinkled brown seeds and think of the rainbows in ’em,” L.M. Montgomery, Anne’s House of Dreams

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