This afternoon, I ventured off to Greenbank Garden, Glasgow in a quest for signs of Spring in an endeavour which proved only marginally successful at best. The very hard winter has taken its toll.

Greenbank is an 18th century walled garden, with the walling intended to protect against the frost and snow. However, this year the wall concept seems to have worked in reverse, because in the nearby fields and roads the worst of the snow and ice has gone yet inside the walls there still remains good quantities of snow, ice and a frozen pond!

Here are a few snowdrops sneaking through the snow. Greenbank is renowned for its collection of 350 daffodil varieties but none of these were evident today.

This view gives a feel for the still prevailing wintry conditions. The foreground shows a sheet of ice which is normally a pool in the lower garden with waterlilies and a selection of aquatic and marginal plants. Hopefully, the plants will re-assert themselves when the temperature rises.

This tree caught my eye. It is a Pinus Sylvestris which, with its soft green foliage, is quite attractive.

These light green/yellow flowers are from the a Hamamelis Mollis

The next two images show the only vibrant pieces of colour I could find. The flowers belong to Viburnum Bodnantense

These rose hips caught my eye; they are from Rosa Scharlachglut

In a field close to the garden are few young Highland Cow specimens. Nothing to do with Spring per se but just quintessentially Scottish and the staple of thousands of picture postcards.

An interesting morning. Weather dry with good visibility but temperature not far from freezing.

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