Spring is arriving in all its splendor here in the Netherlands! Precisely one year ago, it was so cold here, we could ice skate over the canals but this year, buds are ready to burst open and change into fresh young leaves or blossom. One of the earliest spring blossoms is Prunus spinose, changing the scenery with its millions of tiny creamy white flowers into a fairytale landscape. Hawthorns follow soon after. If you look closely to the catkins of willows, you will be surprised at the serene beauty of these flowers. A number of other garden plants cannot wait to flower! Camelia’s, Stachyurus and Daphne all belong to the earliest of spring flowers. Many others will follow. Be careful though, late frosts can still spoil lots of early flowering plants so make sure that you find time to enjoy your Spring garden!