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Take on Nature: Winter’s timid child indicates brighter days are on the way

Stephen Colton
TWO weeks ago, I saw my first snowdrops of the year in a neighbour’s garden, peeping forth like Michael Longley’s ‘green hemmed frost-piercers’, a flower also described as "Winter’s timid child", by 18th century writer Mary Robinson, and which awakens "where no rival flowrets bloom, /Amidst the bare and chilling gloom".

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