Before I start, I must mention that when I opened Cathy's contribution this week, I gasped...so beautiful: a real gem, so do go and see what the one whose brilliant idea this weekly meme was, has created.
Its warm and sunny today, not quite like other 'normal' winter days. Looking back at when I have posted about the snowdrops in the garden, I would say that the snowdrops are about three weeks early.
I picked a few of the double ones for this vase. I don't think they are anything special variety...I did not pay a King's ransom for these. The doubles are a little more advanced than the singles, and the flowers are appearing before the foliage. I planted them the first Spring we moved to this house, and I loved the comment on Gardeners Question time that year explaining that Snowdrops should be split every four years, and by and large I have done this every leap year. There are several really good clumps in the garden, and I have been able to give bulbs to friends too. I also plant seeds, so the clumps keep coming up. I wonder whether the squirrel is moving them around?
They needed a little foliage and chose some inky purple leaves from Ophiogon planiscapus nigrescens and the variegated ones from planiscapus Little Tabby, which I bought last year from Cotswold Garden Flowers.
Close up the little green horse shoe shows up really well doesn't it?
Sharing the window sill today is my little vase which held the spring flowers last week, my miniature pottery hen, which holds my dried chilies, and the pewter tea caddy. The hen came from my Aunty Prue. She collected the china hens and had a vast collection, well over thirty, and on a visit many years ago she offered me one...but my eye was caught by the very little one! She was slowly giving them away, and very often was asked by her Village to donate one as a prize for the Local Village Show. Aunty Prue is no longer with us, but each time my gaze falls on my little hen I think of her!