The first patch of snowdrops in the garden was out the last Sunday in Advent, i.e. 21st Dec. and over the past 3 weeks more and more patches have been appearing all over. This morning I went to the compost bins to dispose of a week's newspapers and saw the first aconites showing gold under the big beech. It is too cold to explore in detail but I have seen the hard tips of daffodils above the grass in the wild garden. Come on, Spring!