The morning is damp.
This has been one of the wettest winters on record!
The earth is water-logged!
Despite this, the spring is coming in fast…
Kerria is just starting to bud, it will be a couple of weeks and full bloom will show.
Catkins are making a fine show on many of the willow varieties.
Cotoneaster buds continue to thicken and the Dogwood tips have gone a brilliant shade of lime green. This makes a stunning contrast to the red stems!
Catkins have come through on most of the willow and some have even shedded and come into leaf…yes, Spring has sprung !
Even the girls are fussing over eggs, despite the absence of a cockerel!
There must be hundreds of frogs in the upper and lower ponds this morning…it sits in huge pools of thick, shiny blackness all over the ponds.
There’s a green haze covering some of the older trees, especially in the distance where an ancient oak nestles into a dip between a stream and hillock. It’s top-most branches have developed a dull green haze, almost like an aura of life!