I love the fact that I live in the northern temperate zone of the world where the seasons follow one another in perpetual change. How could I ever live without first snowdrops in Spring, abundance of life in Summer, burst of colours in Autumn and peaceful white in Winter? I am a person who loves changes. That's why I often rearrange the furniture and change the colours of the rooms in my house and in the garden as well.
The winter is not over yet but the first heralds of Springs already arrived. The first snowdrops in my garden started to flower at the end of December. Hellebore appeared a week ago.
Tough the winter in continental climate should be cold, years back we experience milder weather than it is supposed to be. Is it global warming? That's hard to tell. Certainly, the climate changes; winters are milder, summers very hot and dry. The weather often goes to the extremes - strong wind (often swirling like a tornado) comes more often. Summer is either very dry or it is raining for a month. The temperature in July may drop down to 5°C. Or, it may rise up to 19°C in January, as it was just a few weeks ago. Now is cold again with frost and fog in the morning. I am sure it confuses the plants just as it confuses us.
Forsythia buds are ready to burst into flowers as soon as the weather become warm. I brought a few branches into house and the flowers opened. Winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) is already flowering for two weeks. Narcissus leaves appear from the ground. In a few weeks, crocuses, tulips, grape hyacinths and other bulbs will sprout and say: 'the Spring is coming soon'.
Jasminum nudiflorum under the snow...