I was surprised to hear the voice on my car radio announce that sunset would be nearly half an hour later than it had been last time I was listening. Lately, the strong and sweet fragrances of sarcococca and Lonicera fragrantissima greet our comings and goings. The garden has already started responding to the increase of light. From the death and decay of the old year springs something new. There are signs of hope even in the cold and wet of winter.