So far it's been a funny old winter. There will be a couple of wet, chilly, grey days followed by a day of brilliant blue skies when it actually feels quite mild in the sun.
Berries remain untouched by the birds
Garrya elliptica - Silk Tassel Bush makes a pleasing addition in my winter garden
Grow the male bush it has superior tassels up to 8 inches long which gently swing to and fro in the breeze
Snowdrops are in bud
Hellebores emerge from their sleep
soft early morning frost rapidly disperses into sparkling clusters of crystals
The January sun
invites brisk walks through the countryside
but there is a cautionary message at this time of the year - snow could still be on its way!