The first spring flowers started to appear about a month ago, and we have seen a steady stream of blooms since.
The most surprising thing for me has been watching the progression of the flowers. Each variety seems to bloom for a brief week or two before being replaced by something new.
The daffodils, which were the first to poke up through the grass, have now mostly gone. Next were the flowering trees, covered in pink and white blossoms that have since been replaced by bright new leaves.
And this week, the gardens are filled with opening poppies swaying at the slightest breeze.