Tuesday View (18th February)

With several hours of sunshine most days this past week, spring really seems nearer. The birds are very active and the hazel pollen is already blowing around. And the first crocus have opened!

FirstCrocus

Today’s shot looks similar to last week… not much change yet, except for the light.

TuesdayView18thFeb

Are you noticing any changes yet?

50 thoughts on “Tuesday View (18th February)

    • Just how I feel Pauline! This winter has been prdominantly grey, but not as bad as last year where we literally didn’t have a glimpse of the sun at all for weeks on end. Hope it’s sunny for you this week!

  1. Oh Cathy how lovely. I love crocuses especially ones such as those. We are a little behind you I think on the progression towards spring but not far. The buds on the trees are forming and little green shoots are sprouting up all over.
    It is so exciting and I am getting giddy just thinking about it. πŸ˜€

    • I know what you mean! Those crocuses produced a big gasp, a skip and a jump, and lots of smiles! It’s only that one clump so far, but such a lovely reminder of things to come. Our shrubs and trees are also producing buds now… can’t wait to see more green everywhere! Have a good week Nancy. πŸ˜€

  2. Yes, it really does fell like spring now, although friends have said that they heard that more cold weather was coming – I’m being positive and not believing them!

    • When the sun shines and the birds start chirping I can stay positive too… I have been convinced all winter that it would be a mild one anyway, so I am not going to worry either! Wonder what the year will bring…

  3. Delightful crocuses, do you know the name? Lots going on here in the garden, Cathy. So much so that I have to hurry otherwise It’ll be all over soon! πŸ˜‰

    • I can’t remember which ones they are, as they’ve been there for years. The yellow crocuses are usually the first, but they were just a few stray ones left behind by the previous owner (or a squirrel) and haven’t turned up this year yet. There’s plenty of time still – it’s still February after all, so don’t hurry too much and just drink it all in Annette! πŸ˜‰

  4. The longer days are lovely aren’t they – especially when they’re longer, sunny days. Good to see the flowers starting to open too… not so sure about the weeds starting to grow again though!

  5. I have not had a chance to stop by in a while, so this may be really late in coming, but I love your header picture of the moss and lichen – so beautiful!

    • Lovely to hear from you! Thanks – the photo for the header was around Christmas time… we have had such mild weather that the moss and lichen seemed to be taking over! πŸ˜‰

    • True, we usually see blooms around the same time… global climate change? They say the jet stream across the Atlantic has changed course this winter, which has produced all the cold in the northern US and the wet and stormy weather over the UK. And we have had the mild air here as a result…

  6. We have started to see the time change as well, can’t wait for spring. You crocus are pretty, mine have not ever started to break ground yet. I bet you are 3-4 weeks ahead of us. πŸ™‚ Snow is nearly gone now, really warm to day.

  7. Crocus seem like such happy flowers. I have seen a couple in our neighborhood, but in general, spring is slower than in the last two years. Today was around 60F, lovely warm afternoon for finally getting some garden chores started.

    • I agree – crocuses and daffodils seem to smile! 60F sounds nice… It’s still a little cool here, around 10C(50F) yesterday, but only about 40F so far today. Enjoy your gardening Susie!

    • You poor things. I’ll share the next blooms with you too, but it must be so frustrating. I’ve been envious of the UK sites I visit where there have been hellbores and snowdrops out since Christmas!

  8. What beautiful crocus, Cathy! They do give a hint that spring is coming! The biggest change I see in my garden is a return of all the little finches. They just were not to be seen during the months of December and January. The other day I could hear all of the little birds making lots of lovely sound, and I realized I hadn’t been hearing nearly enough of their song and chirping! Spring is almost here!

    • Yes, the same here Debra! The birds here were so cheering yesterday. I suppose they were around in the woods all winter but had been very quiet! We heard a woodpecker and some buzzards, both of which are visible all winter but only start calling in “spring”… well, late winter! I’m not sure I can say spring is here yet, but it’s certainly on the way earlier than last year. πŸ˜€

    • Absolutely Janet. And sharing this feeling with like-minded people is great too! πŸ˜€ Thanks for your comment, and have a good week – hope you get some sunshine!

  9. We see the change in the light first…and I wouldn’t be surprised to find, when the snowpack melts, that there are snowdrops underneath, ready to bloom!
    Thanks for sharing that crocus – a view of things to come!

  10. I LOVE THAT YOU HAVE FLOWERS!!!!! My male Cardinals are an amazing Red for their ladies I remember them leaving the nest last fall. There is a foot of snow piled up on each of their nests and I have seen Nuthatches and Chickadees pecking from underneath I hope they are getting ready for spring regardless of the 7′ or higher snowbanks here πŸ™‚

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