At last, at last, we have a change in the weather, bringing a change in the season. Last week began as usual with snow showers and snowdrops in full bloom, as if it were mid-February rather than mid-April. Over the weekend, a couple of days of heavy rain – the first in weeks and weeks – and warm southerly winds have brought Spring in almost overnight. I swear the grass grew two inches in two days: suddenly the fields look green rather than drab, and the snowdrops’ leaves have grown over the heads of the still-blooming flowers. (We have moved on to mid-March, in fact!) So this week’s Tuesday trees (yes, they do still appear here from time to time) are optimistic trees.
The horse chestnut leaves will be unfurling from their buds at any moment; perhaps as I write.
Best of all, the first cherry blossoms are out. This little cherry tree blossomed on New Year’s Day last year, in an oddly mild winter. This year, it is as late in blooming as it has ever been, I think. How glad we are to welcome it!
At this date two years ago, we were well ahead in the season: compare An April that feels like May.