Yes. officially today marks the first day of spring ... I think Mother Nature has had a different view of it this year and has swung into donning her spring robes early.
I heard a cuckoo adding it's voice to the dawn chorus yesterday and this morning. I have been seeing peacock and also yellow brimstone butterflies for a few weeks now and all sorts of bees, including this red tailed one visiting the mahonia this morning which was sunny and bright and dry! So that had me out in the garden looking for the latest stars in "The spring is sprung fest"
<<< Like these Pixie Irises, only a few inches tall but their blue colour is amazingly bright and all around other areas of the garden a whole palette of colours is quietly, gently emerging it's just really wonderful. But ... the forecast of drought hangs over the arable farmers heads here, with possibly disastrous consequences for the quality of crops in the months to come. With that and the Schmallenburg Virus that may effect livestock farmers, this could be another very tough year for our locally, home grown food producers. A dire situation for so many people in the year ahead.
But "Carpe dieum" (Seize the day) I went on a wander with the mad mutt today and explored Burwell a local village full of very ancient history going right back to the past and the sight of an old Roman villa where I found these primroses healthily blooming >>>
and I wondered ... "Did the romans see these lovely spring flowers too?"