It has been quite cold this week and there's only the tiniest hint of spring at our place on the hill, with a few buds out on the branches of young deciduous trees planted by the previous owners. And some green shoots have appeared on the bare raspberry canes I planted in early July! So I haven't managed to kill them yet.
The forest around us has been bright yellow with mid-winter wattle blooms for weeks. It looked a bit odd in last week's snow. Down along the river, pretty pink blossoms have appeared. Fancy a Japanese-themed cherry blossom festival anyone?