The serried rows of vegetables remain on guard while the garden hibernates. Winter greens show leaves, ready and waiting, forerunners of the troops. The red cabbage, cannon balls prepared for the battle. Then leeks, standing to attention. Buried in the earth bank are the potatoes, protected from the frost. But among this army are spies. The first of the weeds raise their heads over the parapets, hesitant in the cold. The snails are out in force. The blackbird has launched a successful counterattack – empty remains decorate the grass. Winter’s sleep is undisturbed.