My measure of Spring’s arrival turns out to be a couple of fantastic Magnolia trees around the corner from where I live. These are so impressive that I find myself compelled to take pictures each year when they are in bloom. Last year I happened to be looking back at 2013 and noticed a large discrepancy in the timing of the appearance of the Magnolia flowers. This year I’ve updated the set. The flowers started arriving on 15th March in 2014, two weeks earlier than this year but over a month earlier than in 2013 which was a famously late Spring. Not very scientific, but I find it interesting, at least!