Galanthus - or snowdrops - the Candlemas flower, one of the very first signs of life in the garden and woodlands. We have a few flowers in the garden and when I redo the front I will add some more but in the meantime a visit to Anglesey Abbey - one of the National Trust's properties renowned for their snowdrop displays - was called for this morning. There are many varieties, all subtly different in shape, size and markings. Some have obviously been planted in white snowy drifts on the banks of grass, others singular, strayed from their group and pushing through the path edges. The sun shone today after a few days of dreary dullness, the breeze had a sharp bite but it was still light well after 5pm. See more in the dedicated gallery.