All last autumn, the dh and I laboured in the new garden, planting bulbs to brighten the spring, perennials to gladden the summer. We're working on the do it once right method (hopefully), so that in future it's just maintenance and top ups.
All over the garden the buds are thickening on trees and roses, and the bulbs are bursting through the cold dark, earth. Daffodils, tulips, and the baby irises which are a favourite of mine.
Yesterday, the dh spotted this brave little soul which had unfurled its petals in the face of a bitter wind.