So, it may be the beginning of February, but spring has been springing for a good few weeks.
And now, today, after a few days of freezing weather the snow has started and is coming down thick and fast. Apparently this is good for fruit trees, but I’m not sure what it’ll do to the magnolia, which is very heavily budded, or to the poor little primulas. The snowdrops should be fine – or at least, they will be if C.M. Barker is to be believed. Generally I like the Flower Fairies for the pictures more than the poems, but I have a soft spot for the Song of the Snowdrop Fairy:
Deep sleeps the winter, Cold, wet, and grey;
Surely all the world is dead;
Spring is far away.
Wait! The world shall waken;
It is not dead, for lo,
The Fair Maids of February
Stand in the snow!