Happy New Year!

May 2012 be a happy and healthy one for you and yours :D

As you can see my annual snowdrop count has commenced early at VP Gardens. I spotted these on December 23rd. They're just ordinary Galanthus nivalis, not one of yer actual early snowdrop cultivars which are meant to bloom the wrong side of Christmas. This is the earliest date I've recorded for my snowdrops - comfortably beating the previous record of 10th January and proving my garden is continuing in its topsy turvy nature from last year*.

Today the snowdrop count stands at 14, though it's set to go at least 100 times that over the next few weeks :)

* come to think of it topsy turvy is actually more normal than normal is ;)


  1. Wow that is early! Happy New Year!!

  2. Happy New Year! I spent the morning and some of the afternoon in the garden. I hadn't cleared the veg patch in the autumn so it was long overdue! I plan to spend more time in the garden this year. Amanda x

  3. yours are earlier than mine! i have some snouts though. Happy New Year!

  4. Topsy turvy looks like the set pattern for now! Warm(ish) and very wet here in London. Happy new year and all the best for 2012! Caro x

  5. ... and a very HAPPY NEW YEAR to you to!! Your snowdrop count always sounds fun (like lots of other posts here).

    Wishing you all my best wishes for blogging in 2012. I suspect its going to be an exciting year for you :-)

  6. Happy New Year to you as well. One of the highlights of 2011 was meeting you in person!

  7. I still have a fuschia out. Does that count?
    Happy New Year to you and yours.

  8. Such a pretty shot. And Happy New Year to you!

  9. Happy New Year! It's in the 50sF/10sC. So not normal.

  10. Mine are only just poking through it must be a lot warmer where you are. Best wishes for 2012 hope its a good one.

  11. A most cheering sight to greet 2012. Must venture out tomorrow if rain does not stop play to see what stage mine are at. May the New Year treat you, NAH, garden and allotment kindly VP xxx
    P.S Still waiting for you to reveal that special snowdrop counting technique :)

  12. Haven't seen snowdrops here yet, but I have some daffodils just barely showing their tips - much earlier than they should.
    Today was windy and mild - like Spring - but tonight's forecast is for below freezing temps, warming up some again tomorrow. Last year we had snow on January 10.
    Happy new Year!
    Mississippi, USA

  13. We have snowdrops too! And daffodils, and my mum's cherry tree is currently in full blossom.

    As you say, topsy-turvy is the new normal...

    Happy New Year VP and hope 2012 is a good one for you! xx

  14. Happy New year to you dear VP! xoxogail ps Not a snowdrop to be found in my garden!

  15. Happy New Year, Michelle;-) It surely has been a long time since I've visited your blog...but what a great time to say hello! Your snowdrops are lookin' so purty;-) One of mine popped up in November this year, it was the 'Giant Snowdrop' elweisii...I also have an 'early blooming' variety but I missed that one...by the time I checked on it in late Oct it had already come and gone! The weather is really weird here, too. We never know what surprises the garden will hold for us...guess that's why we keep going back to check--every day is kind of like Christmas, never knowing what will have popped up (or croaked!!) LOL.

  16. Happy new year, VP!

    I think you are ahead of Anglesey Abbey - we went there on 27th, and there was only one tiny patch of snowdrops out, of all their many thousands.

  17. wow! Truly early. I have the same variety in my garden but not a peep save leaf tips. Ours has been an milder than predicted winter thus far too.
    Love your blog and am looking forward to following you another year. Happy New Year from the US!

  18. Happy New Year from the Seattle area! Looking foward to another year of your wisdom.

  19. Hi everyone - thanks for your New Year's good wishes :)

    I'm coming over to see you - a bit like a blog First Footing ;)

    Indie Tea and Kellie - welcome!

  20. Happy New Year! Flighty xx

  21. And here's to a good 2012 for you too Flighty! xx

  22. Wow! This batch of snowdrops is early! Happy New Year! x

  23. Hi Louise - lovely to see you :)

    That batch of snowdrops is over already, but there's plenty more taking their place :)


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