All of the snow and frost that we have had lately seems to have kick started the process of vernalisation. A wide range of plants require a cold spell to promote the formation of flower buds or to awaken a dormant bud. First up, the quince.
Then the lilac.
The forsythia has even managed a bloom.
Other people in the UK are reporting snowdrops and even daffodils in flower, but there are no signs of these in the garden yet.