It's only early March, but the trees and shrubs are in bud, and the catkins are on the hazels. Some of the miniature daffodils, always the first to appear, are already showing colour. Even the rain that we have had does not seem to have adversely affected the plants yet. Wait and see what happens later - after the wonderful summer of 2013, when everything grew like Topsy, it will be interesting to see if there is a longer lasting effect of all that heat.
We are still planting - three orders from the nurseries and quite a bit of filling in to do, down the drive, in the orchards and in the shrubbery. More cherry trees, more damsons, more buffalo currant and aronia - some time there is going to be a glut of fruit, but that time has not yet arrived.
Meanwhile, snowdrops and primroses are blooming away, and the roses are in leaf. Even some of the rose cuttings have buds on them, which looks hopeful. A gardener's work is never done though.