greentapestry : Sunbathing

Wednesday, 14 January 2009


'I wonder if the sap is stirring yet,
If wintry birds are dreaming of a mate,
If frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun,
And crocus fires are kindling one by one:
Sing robin,sing;
I still am sore in doubt concerning Spring'

- Christina Rossetti 1830 -1994

I spotted this little clump of snowdrops just across the road from where I live today and my heart skipped a beat ! No doubts concerning spring as far as I am concerned - it's not far behind.


  1. What a delight Anna, I looked for them in my Garden yesterday, but no sign yet!

  2. Hi Anna - it's Blooms Day tomorrow and my snowdrops are already in waiting to be revealed :)

    They bring so much hope and cheer at this time of the year don't they?

  3. You have a beautiful blog. We will not see our snowdrops for awhile yet.

  4. Can't see any signs of snowdrops in our garden yet, but the aconites are poking their noses into the air.

    P x

  5. Sometimes it's the simple things! Yay! Hope is restored. Love the poem too. In want of spring seems to be a timeless phenomenon.

    I'm sure you can find a seed source for the echinacea. I should have saved some seed myself. Duh.


  6. Anna, snowdrops seem to be varied in their flowering times. The ones at work, were it is colder, flower before mine at home. I must dig up some at work and take home to see if it is the bulbs or where they are planted!

    Best wishes Sylvia

  7. Hi again Anna :-)

    What a lovely sight – especially when you weren’t looking for it! Great text for your photo too :-D

    Perhaps we will see you for Bloom Day next month. It’s a great way to keep records of the garden too as well as fun to browse all the gardens and compare what is in flower (or not) where :-D I have a question for you and any of your readers…

    If you were to be stuck on a Desert Island which three plants would you take? Let’s assume there is plenty of food available. Perhaps you’d like to think about it and join me for a posting next Thursday the 22nd of January. A photo would do if you are short on time. I’ll set up ‘Mister Linky’ as Carol (GBBD) does and you can add your posting there. This could be fun… I hope you can join me.

  8. I love snowdrops. They're one of the first flowers to bloom in spring here, too, sometimes by late March!

  9. Thanks Karen - those in my garden are not as far on as the little clump across the road, but I hope to see them out soon.

    As you say VP snowdrops are very much associated with hope and cheer. My favourites :)

    Welcome and thanks for your compliment Anna - it's lovely to meet somebody with the same name :) I will be over to explore your blog soon.

    I forgot to check on the aconites Pam ! It's much too dark now so will have to have a reccie tomorrow morning. They also lighten matters up in these winter days.

    Welcome Grace,Sylvia and Shirl. Thanks for visiting my blog. It's good to see you here.

    Yes Grace the simple things can bring the greatest pleasure to us garden lovers. I always rejoice at the sight of snowdrops.

    Now that would be an interesting experiment Sylvia. Do please let me know how it goes. What a joy having snowdrops in your working environment.

    Thanks Shirl. I will try to remember GBBD next month. I have made a note of the 22nd and hope to be there. I just hope that I can decide on the three candidates before then :)

    Oh what a painfully long wait Monica - I would be tearing my hair out if I had to wait that long - but it must be worth it !

  10. Anna, Your choices are great...they all look and smell just lovely from here:) I haven't tried snowdrops and now I think I'll put it on my list for another year. Neither have the sweetpeas been something I've planted, but with their stunning scent, I won't let that happen again;) The rosehips produced by that rosebush (that was itself a product of a rosehip? or some part of the rose) are big and the birds will have something to feast on for a long while.

  11. Thanks Jan. Do have a go with snowdrops and sweetpeas ! The rose grew from a seed deposited by a bird and yes it provides the birds with plenty of juicy berries to nibble on in the autumn and early winter :)


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