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A rare treat

February 8, 2014

At last, a rare frosty start gave way to a sunny morning. I’ll repeat that: a sunny morning. That makes, what, three this year!

And out in the sunlight, the snowdrops are opening in their droves, the prettiest foretaste of spring.

 

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You might enjoy A stroll amongst the snowdrops.

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  1. February 8, 2014 12:38 am

    What a wonderful bloom !

  2. Lisbeth permalink
    February 8, 2014 1:23 am

    A beautiful reminder of what is to come in April for those of us in Maine! Those galanthus are so cheerful!

    • February 9, 2014 12:27 am

      April, really? We still had snowdrops in April a couple of years or so back but that is unusually late for Scotland. They are normally out in February (occasionally January). Luckily they don’t mind being buried under sudden snowfalls. They are a lot tougher than they look, aren’t they?!

  3. boyd hussey, (Douglas Ontario Canada) permalink
    February 8, 2014 2:54 am

    Great Caesar’s Ghost! we have 3 feet of snow and the only drop is in the temperature. we still get -30Cat night. you are truly blessed. what a wonderful place

    • February 9, 2014 12:29 am

      ‘Caesar’s Ghost’ :D You remind me that, when I moan about the lack of snow and bright cold days this winter, I should really be counting our blessings. It’s a long way to real spring still, but the snowdrops are a precious start to the year.

      • boyd hussey, (Douglas Ontario Canada) permalink
        February 12, 2014 3:30 am

        Perry White used to say that in Superman comics all the time. The winter usually “breaks” around the ides of March give or take. but we usually can’t get at the garden until a month later or even more. makes for a short if intense season. sometimes we get lucky. i look for the crocuses in April and they are surely welcome by then

  4. February 10, 2014 12:05 pm

    As much as we may complain about the cold and the snow, at least we are having (mostly) sunny days. It would be unbearable with grey skies as well.

  5. February 10, 2014 2:34 pm

    Those are so beautiful!! What a glorious sight, so very welcome!

  6. February 10, 2014 3:15 pm

    A sight to gladden the heart! We’ve had so little sunshine that DH and I really revelled in the sun and blue skies we had last Friday before the next storm arrived. Today we woke to something a little different – a light covering of snow. :-)

    • February 10, 2014 9:57 pm

      North American readers might scream at me for saying this, but I rather envy you your snow! We have been right on the snow line for the whole winter but have barely had a flake at home. We might head up the road to the Cairngorms at half term I think: there is more snow there than in the Alps.

  7. February 18, 2014 7:35 pm

    Beautiful photos – I saw my first snowdrops about a week ago, but only in someone’s garden – these look lovely under the trees.

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