How were the buds doing, I wondered? After all, just as they were opening, Auckland had its first snowfall in 72 years, and its ‘coldest ever daily high’ (which is an odd word, considering it was a low!)
Of course, we are softies here, and the cold that we are feeling is nothing like what people further south are experiencing.
All the same, I wondered how those delicate buds (being Auckland buds) were managing the icy blasts.

Oh, brave buds! They continue to unfurl, and open. Nature’s rhythm is stronger than any vagaries of the weather, it seems. The energy of spring is with us; it’s just that it’s masquerading as winter for a few days.