Today was my first day at work after the Christmas break. It was a day of firsts. The first gossip on the potting shed sofa, the first goldfinch on the teasel, the first perusal of plant catalogues, the first visitors, the first planting and the first camellia in flower. When I got home my first seed delivery of the year had arrived, my (oh no I forgot to order!) sweet peas. And tomorrow will mark the first seed sowing of the year, undoubtedly the first of many.