I pass this hedge regularly on my walk to work and had recently noticed new growth springing forth. The different colours – the reds, pinks and greens caught my eye but I either didn’t have my camera with me or felt too inhibited to stop and photograph it (it’s on a busy main road and overlooked by a couple of houses).
Anyway, yesterday I eventually stopped and took a couple of photographs of the new buds emerging amongst the older woody stems. Really, though, it doesn’t seem ‘right’ for new growth to be starting this early in January and I do fear for these shoots and buds if the weather does turn. The Woodland Trust has reported snowdrops and daffodils emerging and, indeed, in our garden I noticed a few cyclamen and primroses yesterday. It seems as if Winter has never really arrived. It’s all very strange.