The last day of January is here! I must confess that January often seems like a long month to me. But I try to follow nature’s example and embrace the time of rest. The Dafter and I were delighted to discover these catkins on a wheelchair walk:
You can see the ground is sodden. I think that Glasgow had 12 inches of rain in December, and no small amount in January either. But we have been much more fortunate than many in other parts of Britain who have been flooded out of their homes. It has been the wettest January in the UK since records began, apparently. (There is a map showing rain levels at the bottom of the BBC story I’ve linked to.)
I was delighted to see these snowdrops in the park the other day, and I decided to risk the wet ground to get close enough to photograph them. Well, I did get my photograph, but just about ruined my boots! Cleaning them will be a task for tonight, if they have dried out by then.
Along with lots of rain, we have so far had an extremely mild winter with very few frosts. You can’t really see it in the photo above, but a few crocuses have started to come out. Too early for that, my dears! Stay tucked up in your beds!
Here at home, I have been buying some new plants for the garden, including some hellebores. I always loved my hellebores in Aberdeen. I was delighted to find, at Ardarden Farm Shop, some cowslips! These are native wildflowers, and we also had them in Aberdeen.
I know some of you are dealing with quite extreme weather, so I hope you are all safe, warm, and dry.