buds' initial burst
blood red splay reaches for light
hazel springs to life
n.b. Valentine’s Day, yesterday, the middle of February, which is noted in Slovenia as the day plants start flowering.
In Norfolk, England, the appearance of the sinister Jack Valentine (a man who traditionally goes about villages, knocking on back doors, before leaving sweets for children) is likely to be quite rare these days, but spring seems to have begun.
Long-tailed tits, blue tits and great tits all noticeably active in hedgerows and woodland.