From a distance, the barren time is still in control. A garden remains with the still standing dried grasses, a wide selection of baby evergreens for winter interest, monumental stone works and a hodgepodge of objets de. Despite all that, the overall theme is still grey and brown.
That is beginning to change. As you walk the grounds, short bursts of color pushing up from the earth are visible.
The second bloom of spring after the snowdrops, the crocus have arrived.
Spring is tiny at this point. That is big enough for the first bees.
The leaf covered forest floor is showing more and more signs of new life. Soon there will be thousands.
The short little crocus are what will lead us into the next daffodil phase.