It is March, the snow is almost gone except for a few patches here and there in shady places. And the Aquilegia in the slope previously known as the slope of weeds has decided that it is now spring and time to start growing. I hadn’t quite expected it to be so early.

The long green leaves above it are Carex which turned out to be evergreen. I’m sure I must have taken this into account when choosing it ahead of other grasses, but I’d forgotten all about this fact, so the green tussocks sticking up through snow provided a nice surprise during winter.

THe Alchemilla seems to have tried sending out new leaves throughout the entire winter: I saw little green leaves in various states of growth, many browned at the edges by the cold, but still alive, and fresh ones still bravely appearing in the middle.