I took my terrier , Poppy, for a walk in the wood this afternoon, and noticed that the daffodils are going over. There are a few of the late varieties keeping the show going. The second photo shows what my youngest sister calls 'scrambled egg' daffodils. Rather odd, but undeniably cheery. Then my favourites, the scented multiflorals, in the third photo. The last is the delicate, and very welcome, blackthorn blossom [Prunus spinosa /sloe ], which heralds the arrival of the fruit blossom season. The daffodils have done splendidly this year, but the sight of blossom lifts the heart, because the leaves will soon be out,too, then summer follows close behind.