We are very lucky. We had our first spring down in Aldeburgh. The May blossom was fully out on the hawthorn, all the trees were in full leaf, lilac, laburnum and wisteria were magnificent and buttercups were in full flow.
We came home to an almost wintry landscape by comparison. But the last few warm(ish) days have made a difference. Now the May blossom is bursting forth, as is the cow parsley. On my way to the physiotherapist this morning I passed a huge bank of ox eye daisies, the fields are yellow over with buttercups - Spring has sprung.
This meant that when I set off down the lane this morning, en route for my physiotherapist, I had only one thing on my mind. Were the purple orchids in flower? Yes, indeed they were; not as many as last year but a goodly number and a joy to look at - they seem so exotic in such ordinary surroundings.
I stopped, making sure there was nothing coming either way, and took a quick picture - only two orchids in the shot, but there are many more round about. They are my private signal that Spring has arrived - don't care what the weatherman says about June 1st being the first day of Summer meteorologically, Summer doesn;t come here until June 21st and the Spring flowers are all in bloom.
So Spring it stays for another seventeen days.