108As we’ve had the coldest February for ages, I am relieved to find that some of my plants at least have survived. The snowdrops seem completely unharmed, which is especially grafifying since I only planted them last year, having been given some bulbs from my brother’s garden, so I am sentimentally attached to them.

111The crocus also seem to be doing fine,

112but I am not altogether sure about the tulips. Do these look like there will by a flower growing from them any time soon?

113My neighbor has some wolf’s bane, and they bloom just beautifully. I am envious!

How well did your flowers survive the winter? Isn’t it delightful to see the first blooms now after all that cold and snow?

– Rike Horstmann