This year our countryside and shops should be full of daffodils, but the poor mites are way behind in their growth due to the severe winter months they've had to endure.
The coldest UK winter for 30 years, has taken its toll on Britain's Spring flowers. Parks, gardens and fields harvesting golden daffodils have only a handful of hardy blooms to show. We need a few days of sunshine, like in previous Springs. Fortunately, in the past few years early Spring has been full of unexpected warmth and sunshine, but this year we are still waiting for a glimmer of sun behind all those cold clouds.
Beds of crocuses which usually blanket grasses in parks and stately homes are just peeking through the ground and beginning to bloom.
But hope is on the horizon. Experts believe release of pent-up energy after such a long, hard winter could produce the most spectacular Spring in years.
With the longest, coldest winter for 30 years and with twice as many frosty nights, Wales has barely seen a daffodil and countryside that should be green by now are still dull and grey after months under snow.
For more than ten years milder winters have led to earlier Springs, with flora, insects and small mammals stirring in January. This year takes us back to older times when British life, to all natural intents, began near the end of March. So realistically we are having a late old-fashioned Spring.
We all, humans, animals, insects and plants have all suffered a lot. Now we ALL need some sunshine.
Roll on Spring - You are now, more than ever, so very WELCOME!!!