Even though we have had thick snow on the ground for a week and a half now there are still faint augurs of spring all around us if you look hard enough.
This delicate yet plucky little flower is a winter aconite and is one of the very first herbs to flower in the new year; peeking its cheery yellow buttercup like head bravely up even when it has to tunnel through thick snow to do so, when all the while the more famously celebrated snowdrops are still little timid shoots only just starting to appear.
Eranthis Hyemals is perennial herb and a member of the hellebores family. It was first introduced in the 16th Century before naturalising itself in England and can now be enjoyed in many parks and woodlands, particularly in the East of England.
The little aconite is a symbol of hope when all around is still bleak and harsh and, for that, I love it all the more.