And I’ll open with a photo:
This is the view from just outside my kitchen window, and my plan is to take a photo from the same spot at least once every week, for this year. I tried something similar last year but I overcomplicated it, so this year am keeping it more straightforward.
The weather today has been beautiful – dry, bright, sunny with blue skies, and mild too for the time of year. Spent the day with family as it is my Mum’s birthday, so no time for any gardening, but borrowing a New Year’s Day habit from Beth Chatto I did go out into the garden to note what was flowering. The Viburnum and Chimonanthus are both blooming well with the added bonus common to winter flowers of each having lovely perfume. Also here and there early primroses are in flower, and the cheeky buttercup that is poking through next door’s fence deserves a mention before I pull it out.
Driving home from my sister’s in the late afternoon it was lovely to be out in the remaining winter light and watch the sky deepen as the sun went down – still too early for my liking, but three minutes later than yesterday!