Hooray, just in from a brief walk round the garden, during a brief lull in the rain, and I found an aconite flowering. It gave me a real buzz. To me snowdrops and aconites are the real harbingers of Spring, although I dont have any flowers on the snowdrops yet.
I used to have real problems establishing my aconites, but a few years ago a few clumps just took off, and now I get a great show every year.
My pond is flooding again Nut, but I have had the first Mallards prospecting for suitable nest sites.