It’s still cold and the garden appears dead – until you look closely. Some of the tulips have poked their noses out. Next door the snowdrops are already blooming.
In the pond the marsh marigolds are beginning to leaf out and in the garden the rose stalks are starting to show green.
It’s those small things that raise hope in the minds of gardeners – those things that prove that life is beginning despite the cold temperatures.
And, as the picture attests, the Whaterveritis has started.