Despite the snow damage the garden is bursting into bloom with the first sunshine - may even be spring??? Apricot and Almond trees are flowering with the white petals drifting down like snow flakes. Wild violets are appearing all over the garden. The little Iris reticulata 'Edward' I planted last autumn have come through and really do have a perfume as promised by the supplier - a sort of sweet violet (but I had to get down on hands & knees to savour it). Hostas have bloomed as never before and I must remember to plant more. But the little daffodils mixed with species crocus are the best - a splash of golden yellow to warm the spirits. These small perfumed daffs grow wild in Sicily - one of the few things that the Cosa Nostra can't control, thank goodness.