OK, I admit it - I'm a Radio 4 listener - I have it on permanently almost 24/7 - and all week there has been talk of early signs of Spring, even though its officially still winter. In fact listeners were this morning invited to message, tweet or whatever you will signs from their own gardens. Anyway, unable to join in myself as I was working, I did get up a bit earlier and went to have a look - with my camera.
Admittedly the Jasmine was in flower, there were catkins on my cobnut bushes and there was one rose on my David Austin bush (probably the last rose of last summer not the first of next!)
..... but looking back at previous years' photos, I don't think we are much more forward than usual. There is sign of blossom bud on the cherry tree at the bottom of the garden but this is always the first of the year to burst forth.
There are still berries on the Ivy - which the birds might yet need as it was March before the big freeze came last year.
However, on my way down the hill to work I spied these daffodils in a neighbour's driveway, much farther forward than those in our garden. Just shows what an effect altitude has.
Yet on the radio I hear stories of snowdrops and daffs in flower already and even butterflies in flight (though I'm sure those must be hibernaters waking in a spot of warmth). Perhaps its all happening 'down south'!
There is one sign of Spring I'm aware of though..... the birds are singing again!