The heart of winter has passed and yet the cold clings to bare branches.
Buds are swelling and the seeds are dormant preparing the work of growing.
This is the nature of our seasons in temperate climates.
As a foil, I like to spend time in botanical gardens where temperatures and humidity levels mimic those of other climes.
And when all else fails, I maintain my own terrariums. They are like an invitation to travel, on a low budget.
Artist Paula Hayes has exploited the Wardian case and made something entirely different of it.