The season turns again

We are at the shortest day again, the Winter Solstice was yesterday and the daylight will get longer minute by minute.

When I am walking around the garden I realise just how much is starting to grow already, the whilst at the start of Winter, Spring is already making its move.
There have been some frosts already, but the snow has yet to arrive.  There is no doubt it will arrive, at which point I shall worry for all this new growth and be hoping that it sees it through to the other side.  Experience tells me much of it will.
 I love seeing the glimmers of life sprouting up from this year's now dead-looking growth.
There are lots of buds on the trees too:
This willow is getting ready to flower,
The fluffy Magnolia stellata buds are ready to go,
The winter honeysuckle is on the verge of flowering,
the amalanchiar
and the Sorbus Cashmeiriana have buds swelling;
the yellow hamamelis is already trying to flower,
the corkscrew hazel is getting ready for catkins.
The rhododendron lutea and
the camellia have buds ready to flower
the hellebores are gearing up
The edgeworthia is still not yet dead,
and by the front door the Sarcococca confusa is looking wonderful with its black berries and is just coming into flower and starting to smell sweetly.

The daylight has reached its shortest and the season takes another turn; the signs of hope and new growth are everywhere.