Yes, there are signs of Spring; but you have to search for them. Here at six hundred feet they are not shouting out 'Look everyone. We are here! ' Much more subtle than that. Like the true Yorkshireman - they play their cards close to their chest,
I happen to know a garden (my previous one) where, if you know where to look (just under the sitting room window where it is sheltered and where the winter sun can sneak in if there is any ) there will be a large patch of golden aconites out now - and how I miss searching for them and shouting out to the farmer to come and look when the first one appears.
And down along the beckside in the big pasture, any day now the first golden marsh marigolds will be out. I miss them too. But out of bounds now I search for the first signs of Spring from my new base. Plenty of green shoots poking through the ground and I did report the other day that one of my tubs had a single purple viola out. My Helleborus Niger - Christmas Rose - has plenty of pure white buds about to burst open. And this morning, on my walk, I followed the sound of the gardening workmen and there they were - pruning. Slashing back the laurel bushes and all the bushes that over the Summer have encroached on the footpaths.
Were they going to spare the hazel catkins - out in all their glory, shining golden in the morning sunlight? Here they are always first to ring the bells of spring as the dangle and shake in the breeze. Yes - they have been spared and shine - lifting the spirits of all but the most unseeing individuals (yes there are some who never notice such things). A few pure white Christmas roses (Helleborus niger) are just coming out and that's it. Anything to add to my list? I know Si has snowdrops out in Newark - and aconites - and John has seen a few things. It would be nice to make a list of flowers already advertising Spring - have you anything to add? If you don't blog but read my blog (and I know some who do) and have seen Spring lurking around then send me an e mail and I will add them to my list.