Little clumps of pink are starting to appear. Here's a new one on me. Did this chap escape from someone's garden?
The sprouting sprigs on the ends of the branches - for some reason the colour reminds me of the elf costumes in my junior school pantomime or perhaps those tiny frogs I saw in Costa Rica. It's a green vivid like no other.
A bush in a shady spot by a neighbour's house. I don't know what it is - there isn't another one like it anywhere near here. The flowers look a bit like a rose but again - that colour! I had a dress that colour when I was about seven and have always looked in vain for another one.
It makes up for the poor showing by rhododendrons this year. The ones in town are OK but up our hill they must have really felt the cold winter.