Although we are still immersed in the coldest part of our winter here in Scotland, there has been a perceptible change in my local environment this week.
The greenhouse, where I keep my trees in the winter, is situated in a part of the garden that gets no direct sunlight during the months of December and January. Today the sun has at last reached the height above the horizon, where it can again fill this area with its rejuvenating light. The temperature is rising and the buds of early flowering species like Chojubai and Prunus Kojo No Mai are beginning to swell. An early sign that Spring is on the way. Hallelujah.