Thursday 22 December 2016

The Shoots of Hope

Well, this is the time of the year when the solstice has turned, the nights begin to shorten imperceptibly, and I get excited because soon the colour will begin to return the wildflower margins, especially in the cemetery where as you know I enjoy watching the progress of the various species throughout the year.

Last year, I had the feeling we might have had snowdrops in flower by now, or very shortly afterwards. Well, when I ran through a couple of days ago I was excited to notice the first of the 2017 brood just starting to pierce the surface of the wet ground.

I think compared to last year, where all the first spring flowers are very early, I'd say we are on a more normal timeframe this year. I'm guessing these little fellows won't be in flower till the first or second week of January.

I wish them the best!


All text and images copyright CreamCrackeredNature 22.12.16


  1. Great to see green shoots!

  2. I love it when the winter solstice has passed. Down south it's darker a little later than 'up north', but we still have the worst of the winter weather ahead of us. January and February can be so cruel, but as you say we do have some things to look forward to.

  3. Seeing those bright, green shoots always fills me with hope! Spring is my favourite time of year so as soon as the hedgerows start to burst back into life it's a good sign! - Tasha

  4. Springtime...bring it on!

    Thank you for the images reminding us that Spring really is around the corner.

  5. Thank you! Always my favourite time of the year, Spring. The first warm Spring day is the best ever.

  6. Nothing doing here. Not even an early primrose.