Winter Daffs

Well believe it or not these photos are also from last year, my paperwhites had been and gone by December! Turns out all I knew about the seasons was wrong…

Japanese artists and poets have always been acutely sensitive to the changing of the seasons. The Japanese traditionally divide the year more finely than in the west, into 72 ‘seasons’ of five days, each with it’s own evocative name; ‘insects tuck themselves away’, ‘wild geese come as guests’, ‘dormant creatures start to twitch’. Today I should think this would be a harder task, the comings and goings of buds and bugs more unpredictable. Has anyone else noticed this in their own garden?!

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