Catching a glimpse of my post for January 1st, showing the progress of one of my prepared hyacinths, prompted me to check again – and it’s a good job I did as there was evidence of a mass breakout of flower buds! I have kept three vases in the cupboard as they were not quite ready to come out, and one of the ones shown above is possibly seeing the light a little too late as it is rather leggy and the flower bud may be a little too advanced. It’s still hard getting the timing right, but I had more of a shock when I retrieved the pots from the bin liners underneath the bed in the downstairs bedroom, where the ‘spare’ hyacinths and my birthday tulip teacup were! Brought into the light, it is astonishing how quickly the blanched leaves of all these bulbs began to take on a more healthy green tinge, and I daresay they will have regained their normal complexion within a day or two.
As expected, it continued to snow through the night and sporadically during the day, but a very fine caster sugar kind of snow. Somehow, perhaps because of the kind of snow it is, it took on for the first time a blindingly brilliant whiteness this morning, and the garden was seemingly transformed into the proverbial ‘winter wonderland’: