As he checked how many billions of pounds we owe the gas company, I carefully tended my row of captives - hyacinth and crocus bulbs which are being forced to grow, against their seasonal inclinations, to flower in time (I hope) for Christmas. The first planting of crocuses looked anaemically sprightly, with significant shoots poking sturdily out of the soil. So, as they have decided to submit to my will and cooperate, I have granted them release from the darkness. Added a bit of moss to the soil to hide their naked bits, and voila:
…they're ready for market on Saturday. Now I'm wishing I'd planted more up. These will be white 'Ard Shenk' crocuses in the coming weeks. Rather pretty, don't you think?