I hadn't expected to see buds on the Blueberry plants just yet, but they are already there... And some of them are opening.
Maybe the fact that these plants are growing in pots right next to the house is a contributory factor? The wall of the house probably acts as a sort of giant Storage Heater, radiating some welcome extra heat even when the air temperature is low.
It's not only the Blueberries that are early: the Narcissus and Iris bulbs around the base of my Crab Apple tree are pushing up rapidly.
As are the ones in pots...
These ones were covered by fallen leaves until today. I'm not quite sure what they are, but they look nicely "blanched"!
I reckon that if I had planted any Snowdrops, they would probably be flowering by now! Isn't it funny how we expect that very severe weather will delay plant development, whereas it seems to have had quite the opposite effect.
The roses have also decided to start producing new shoots. This is "Sunset Boulevard":
This is the white one whose name I do not know:
Even the little Hypericum plant that appeared as a volunteer last Summer is putting out new shoots. I'm hopeful it will go on to be a nice specimen.
Finally, not to be outdone, the raspberry canes ("Autumn Bliss") are putting up their first tentative greenery:
I hope we don't get another spell of really severe weather this Winter, but to be honest, I would be surprised if we didn't. Some of the plants pictured above might be in for a nasty shock!