Ah, the soft mild air of February. The light is returning, there is occasionally bird song in the air, there are days of sunshine. The trickster month of the west coast is February, beckoning and taunting us with whispers of spring.
It starts with the warm sunshine and warmer air. Then we notice the tree in front of the house is budding up. That lovely yellow-green swelling at the branch tips makes our eyes search for more colour.
Oh the heather, that lovely evergreen burst of colour! But that isn’t enough for our greedy eyes, thirsty for colours beyond the gray and green of the island winter. We are eagerly searching for those first little buds on the ground – the crocuses.
But. We know that February is the trickster month, remember? Snow and cold and frost are still ahead of us, sometimes right through until April. It is not safe yet to work the soil, or to hope too far ahead. There is much winter weather still to come. February’s warm winds may whisper in our ears that spring is coming, but we know it is still at least a month away. We won’t let February get us too frisky.
At least, not for long….