I had been bemoaning the fact that we had not yet seen any Celandines (Ranunculus ficaria) in flower this year, when, as if by magic, there they were. Bright, yellow, shiny surfaced petals glowing against the dark green of the foliage are always enough to make you know for certain that Spring is on it's way.
That shrinks, like many more, from cold and rain;
And, at the first moment that the sun may shine,
Bright as the sun itself, 'tis out again!