I dare not go as far as to declare "bud burst!" but unless it is just wishful thinking or my eyes deceive me I think I can see a bit of colour and some fullness in the buds on the vines.
For weeks now, or even months, the first question I have been asked when greeted by fellow allotment holders is, "how are your vines?"
I have lost count of the number of times that I've given my pessimistic stock reply of "I won't know until April but I'll be surprised if they have survived". Even now I cannot safely assume that a late frost won't kill them off but I must admit that I am now feeling more confident about the chances of getting some grapes this year than I have been at any time since early December when we had temperatures of minus 11c one week and minus 18c a few days later.
The other good news from the plot today is that the first asparagus shoots (purple jacmar) have started to push through.