This winter feels interminable. Surely in earlier years daffodils have been blooming by now, snowdrops long gone.
Well, no. It’s true that in some years snowdrops have appeared by this date.
Crocus have bloomed.
Pulmonaria have added their touch of colour.
But it is also true that this April is better than some. A lot better.
Last year in early April, the crabapple allée was snow-free and the central path, still unseeded, a straight line of mud.
This year on exactly the same date, patchy snow still covered the field around the crabapple allée. But at least this year the path will soon be green.
Comparing photos from different years gives me hope. The photo below from a few years ago shows magnolia in the Lower Garden in full bloom on April 23. And that’s only two weeks away.
Whatever the weather, though, these guys will still be hanging around, looking like they own the world.
Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.