I'm sure we've turned a corner here. Buds are forming, bulbs are shooting, the days are getting longer - we have a long way to go but I can see there might be an end to this winter.
For now we have the wonderful snowdrop season. One of the most amazing things about them is how they just appear. I looked for them a few weeks ago and there was nothing and then suddenly they are in bloom.
These double Snowdrops are growing in a hedge and are only accessible by crawling through it but it's so worth doing. I moved a few last year and I plan to move a few more this year.
I know I'm repeating myself but Mother Nature does that too so I'm in the best company. Last year I showed them off on this mirror and here they are again shown with Vinca minor leaves.
That is how I found a slug clinging to one.
Finally here is a pot of Iris reticulata growing, as MrC rightly put it, in spite of me. I never managed to re-pot them or even weeded them but here they are flowering their socks off in a rich purpley blue.
If you have something to put In a vase and show off visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to join in the fun.