january morningLike last year, the winter has been rather gentle. A light layer of snow now and then, but none of those Russian weather fronts I’ve grown accustomed to here. And like last year, it was February before we had several consecutive days of frost.

With hindsight, then, my pelargoniums would probably have been ok in a hibernation station on the balcony, but they’re spending winter in the stairwell, by no means dormant, practically basking in light and temperatures between 8 and 15°C.IMG_2745Out in the cold, there are signs of life from some of the bulbs, but I’ve forgotten what I planted where. These must be iris, followed by – tulips?