All they need is a few days above freezing and they start greening up. Especially these mini red Columbine. They are close to the house and get sun all day long, so they always start early.
For some reason the Speedwell does too. Maybe it's the warmth from the house - because these ones don't get as much sun at the side of the house. They don't usually bloom until mid-summer, but they green up quick.
Same with the double-blooming Campanula. This will be the first year I don't have to find a new home for her, so I expect great things. But not until July at least!
I have a feeling I'm going to be pulling up with Wood Poppy all year. The birds brought it as a present last year, and I let it grow to see what it looked like. It's pretty enough, but it started taking over the Little Bee Garden so I've got to stay on top of it. If it's coming back this soon, it's definitely going to be trouble.
The neighbourhood cats will be happy. The potted cat nip seems to have survived and its coming back.
And look - My weeping Pussy Willow is getting catkins! But it was far too early!
Just a day later, the weather turned and...
Winter returns with a vengeance. We're back to freezing temps with more snow on the way this weekend.
At least I've got this lovely catalogue to leaf through, and dream of things to come!