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First Signs Of Life

January 25, 2024
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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9 Responses leave one →
  1. January 25, 2024

    Truly grateful.
    I’m sure I won’t be the only one thinking, oooh, I really needed that.

  2. Catherine Petersen permalink
    January 25, 2024

    A beautiful reminder that spring is not so far away thank you! I think the cherry blossom you have spotted is actually vibernum – always lovely to see it’s flowers in the depth of winter.

  3. Andy permalink
    January 25, 2024

    I like the theme a lot.
    It reminds me of Helen Keller , the blind American woman ,who said ,
    “If we turn our head towards the sun we cannot see the shadows.”

    Thank you Gentle Author for giving us hope today .

  4. Sue permalink
    January 25, 2024

    Living by the sea we tend to have random summer flowers all through winter but the first sight of snowdrops always lifts the spirits.

  5. Paul Phillips permalink
    January 25, 2024

    Lovely pictures, so refreshing; so inspiring.

  6. Jude Rosen permalink
    January 25, 2024

    A lovely reminder of embryonic life itching to come out that we often overlook or just don’t see in the rush to get somewhere or being overburdened by our troubles. Walking and observing is such a tonic, even secondhand through your photos. Many thanks

  7. January 25, 2024

    I’ve just travelled to the Jewellery Quarter railway station in Birmingham. I have never noticed before but someone has planted a rather fine selection of different varieties and colours of hellebore. I don’t know how I missed them previously.
    My garden is starting to show signs of spring. The foxes are courting and making a lot of noise, the badgers are happily scratching the grass and digging moss out of the patio stones in search of bugs. Spring is on its way!

  8. Julia Rice permalink
    January 25, 2024

    Beautiful photos

  9. Christine permalink
    January 26, 2024

    Beautiful Spring never disappoints!
    Christine Swan we live near jewellery quarter and go for a drink often so must look out for the hellebores x

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