Storm Barbara is blowing hard though the temperature is mild. My bulbs are certainly not as advanced as last year but here is the first snowdrop to open its bud. Galanthus reginae-olgae subsp. vernalis is a tiny wee thing, looking somewhat lost in a large pot with other less early snowdrops not yet even poking through the soil and gravel. Of course, due to my new macro lens it does appear a big beastie. And let's hear it for the last man standing, Rudbeckia Marmalade, braving the wind and last week's frosts in a sheltered south facing spot.