Catkins, snowdrops and hellebores were all I could find for my February posy. The hellebores are not open yet. March's posy will include some hellebores which are fully open, and there will be daffodils, crocuses and pussy willow.
But we have to get through February first. Luckily we have a birthday and an anniversary to celebrate in this the longest shortest month. Then there's Valentine's day and Shrove Tuesday -chocolate and pancakes, or maybe pancakes with chocolate in them? It's not all gloom, this waiting for Spring. There are hopeful signs.
It is extremely cold at the moment but the bright sunshine has made my walks pleasant. Everywhere you look branches are budding and birds are singing. The UK is not known for its colourful bird-life but those few species which are not a drab brown have been making an appearance in my neighbourhood. Last week I saw a green woodpecker, several jays and most pleasing of all a goldcrest. Much as I enjoy all our birds, those with a flash of bright colour are particularly thrilling to see. Perhaps that is why we love robins so much. Britain's most colourful native bird is this one. How I would love to see one.