It's frail, small, half eaten by a slug and nearly squashed by one of my evil cats, but we have our first snowdrop in flower. The picture's a cheat - one I snapped last year - but take my word for it, snowdrop time is with us.
There are several which flower in the autumn, mostly from Greece, I believe and mine is Galanthus nivalis subspecies reginae-olgae - or it is until some kind soul corrects me.
When I planted these, four years ago, I had visions of autumnal snowdrops doing a bit of fusion work with late flowering roses. Our Rosa chinenis 'Mutabilis' would look great with these little naked snowdrops at its feet, for example.
Better, perhaps than the weeds currently bringing colour and botanical interest to that part of the garden. We've had a plague of field bindweed, this year and although I sweat blood, trying to get rid of the stuff, it's impossible not to like the cheeky little flowers. Much prettier than the treasured and nurtured Convolvulus sabateus, don't you think?