After the mini heatwave at the end of March, April begain with an arctic blast. We even had a light dusting of snow as well as some frosty mornings.However, although chilly, the days have mostly been sunny which has brought the insects out. Such as this bumblebee on the quince.And this one on the forget-me-nots.A favourite of pollinators, albeit unoccupied when I took the photo, dandelions are popping up everywhere. In this case it is growing among the aubretia.The lilac flowers are shaping up nicely.And the trees are sprouting green leaves.The dwarf tulip dared to open out. We’ll see if another week of frosts slows the pace any.