New Year, New Yampah

It's a brand new year and right on cue we've been blessed with some very welcome sunshine. The low angle light has picked out something unexpected - new growth emerging from the yampah pots.

I have struggled to understand the habits of yampah for some time now; this merely confirms my ignorance of its phenology. I don't know why I'm surprised -  I have some other rooty umbellifers which are also sprouting at the moment, as are the wild cow parsley plants in the hedgerows. Whether this precocious growth will be destroyed in any forthcoming freezes, I've no idea, but I'm taking it as a good omen of hope and renewal in 2013.  Happy New Year.