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Signs Of New Life

January 18, 2023
by the gentle author

First Snowdrops in Wapping

Even now, in the depths of Winter, there is plant life stirring. As I travelled around the East End over the past week in the wet and cold, I kept my eyes open for new life and was rewarded for my quest by the precious discoveries that you see here. Fulfilling my need for assurance that we are advancing in our passage through the year, each plant offers undeniable evidence that, although there may be months of Winter yet to come, I can look forward to the spring that will arrive before too long.

Hellebores in Shoreditch

Catkins in Bethnal Green

Catkins in Weavers’ Fields

Quince flowers in Spitalfields

Cherry blossom in Museum Gardens

Netteswell House is the oldest dwelling in Bethnal Green

Aconites in King Edward VII Memorial Park in Limehouse

Cherry Blossom near Columbia Rd

Hellebores in Spitalfields

Spring greens at Spitalfields City Farm

The gherkin and the artichoke

Cherry blossom in Itchy Park

Soft fruit cuttings at Spitalfields City Farm

Seedlings at Spitalfields City Farm

Cherry blossom at Christ Church

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13 Responses leave one →
  1. January 18, 2023

    The cherry blossom is out of season. A sign of global warming? And now we have snow!

  2. Andy permalink
    January 18, 2023

    Thank you Gentle Author. Lively and lovely.

  3. January 18, 2023

    Uplifting signs of hope and renewal in these uncertain times.
    Thank you Gentle Author.

  4. Marcia Howard permalink
    January 18, 2023

    Lovely pics. The sight of the first snowdrops always gladdens my heart

  5. January 18, 2023

    Thanks, GA, this is most cheering! The Cambridge Botanic Garden is my best resource on these chilly days, and it’s so heartening to see the hellebores, snowdrops and even daphnes beginning to flower.

  6. James Hurley permalink
    January 18, 2023

    A spiritually uplifting set of pictures at this time of the year – superb. Thank you

  7. Rupert Neil Bumfrey permalink
    January 18, 2023

    Seeing the artichokes took me back to my time in Istanbul, when there appeared to be a vendor on each residential street corner selling and preparing the spiny vegetables, ready for the cook!

  8. Clare Edwards permalink
    January 18, 2023

    Lovely post, particularly for those of us in New England where things are still dormant. Thank you!

  9. Marie-Anne Knight permalink
    January 18, 2023

    Snowdrops, truly are one of may favourite flowers and never cease to give me joy when I see them. They are, to me, an encouraging sign that winter may be on the wane!

  10. Paul Loften permalink
    January 18, 2023

    Ahhhh yes ! We suffer these cold days with the comfort of knowing that all this beauty is to come soon . Thanks for all the work in bringing it to our eyes .

  11. Eva Radford permalink
    January 18, 2023

    Thank you from someone in central Alberta, where it is dark until 8 a.m. and snow piles high in the garden!

  12. Billy permalink
    January 18, 2023

    How I love the chest tomb, and in a walled church yard! I presume a church yard, and not a cemetary.

    How I hope I am buried in just such a sepulcher, how I would adore it!

    “The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.” – George Eliot

    Ah, sigh.

  13. January 19, 2023

    Beautiful are these views of the coming spring. I am looking forward to it. But as I write this, outside the world is drowning in snow….

    Love & Peace

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