A couple of days ago I found two caterpillars happily munching their way through some plants in the front garden. The plants die back over winter and grow new leaves in the spring, but they already have leaves growing, which is very fortunate for the caterpillars.
All sorts of spring or even summer flowers are currently in bloom, including night-scented stock, alpine strawberries, primroses, cowslips and rosemary. Even the creeping rosemary, which is much more susceptible to the cold than the regular rosemary, has buds on it.
|The buddleia is covered in new leaves|
|Rhubarb for Christmas|
We also found some White Saddle fungus growing along the edge of a path in the woods. It's a summer/autumn fungus, so is another thing you wouldn't really expect to see at this time of the year.