Spring is about 4 weeks behind. It looks like the beginning of March out there. Yesterday I saw snow-drops by the Water of Leith, some in full bloom, others a little past it. Crocuses are just coming out in my garden. I compared the rhubarb to a picture of some I took on 27 March 2007, and it's about half the size and only two leaves. The cold, the flurries of snow, the almost bare trees - it looks wintry but the light is spring bright, so I feel slightly disorientated, like a New Zealand friend who tells me he feels can't find his bearings in the northern hemisphere as the sun is in the southern sky.
The hyacinths, which have been raised inside, have come into flower at the usual time.