We’re in our typical late winter, almost spring weather pattern – in the past week it’s been sunny and warm (ie above freezing), sunny and really cold (ie well below freezing), torrents of rain (with the melting snow, this had helped create a nice seasonal pond in our front field) and, today, more snow. Also typical at this time of year, Snowdrops (Galanthus sp.) have made their first, tentative steps towards full bloom. Most are still under several inches of snow but this patch, in front of a west facing wall where the snow melts first every year, is already venturing out. A sure sign this long winter will definitely have an end – but not too soon.