There are other indications of nature fighting back. Beside our drive, right outside the kitchen window we have some Colchicums (wrongly called Autumn Crocus) giving a burst of cream:
A day later Frances noticed that one of the plum trees is shooting ...
As an aside, having mentioned frost above I have had a look at the dates of the first frosts as recorded for Carwoola.
- I first used the broad definition of a frost (temperature at screen height less than +2oC) which equates to a ground temperature of 0oC). This shows that in 11 of the 24 years for which I have measurements a temperature that low has been recorded before the end of March. In a further 10 years it has been recorded by 15 April.
- Looking at the tighter definition (temperature at screen height less than 0oC) shows that only 9 years have a temperature that low by 15 April and in 8 years we had to wait until May.