Spring is sprung!
Ah yes, the annual Spring posts are beginning to return to the blogosphere, like swallows heralding summer. Scotland is seeing an earlier Spring than it has for several years, thanks to our mild winter. In the last week of February last year, the snowdrops last year were only just starting to bloom. This year, the snowdrops have pretty much been killed off by the past week’s unusually warm temperatures (15 degrees yesterday! That’s like July for some years here!). Since the snowdrops began flowering in the first week of January, though, it feels right for them to be giving way to the daffodils now.
Ah, the daffodils. Every year, I hope that there might be one in flower for St. David’s Day on the first of March; or at least one for the birthday of a Welsh friend on the fifth. Some years, there are only a handful by the middle of the month. This year, they began flowering in February, within the past week.
They are joined by crocuses which – for once – the pheasants and mice haven’t eaten. Isn’t this just one of the most cheering sights, the first bright colour of the year?
The green spring grass is coming up,
in the woods, the bluebell shoots are pushing up through last year’s leaf litter,
and the hardy young cherry tree which amazed us by flowering on New Year’s Day is still producing fresh blossoms.
In fact, I am noticing all the same signs of the world waking up that I brought to your attention last year, only three weeks earlier this time. (And last year’s Spring was about a fortnight earlier than 2010’s, so we are doing well.)
There’s no doubt about it: whatever the weather may do in March, Spring has indubitably sprung.
(* I wrote this post in my favourite book shop cafe, The Watermill in Aberfeldy. Its companion homeware shop, Homer, is selling tea-towels with this very Spring-y bouncing rabbit design by Ham (www.hammade.com) as part of its new season range of goodies. No, they’re not sponsoring me: I just loved the rabbit!)