The appropriate footwear is not sandals but muck boots. The only reason that this boot is not mucky is that the ground is still frozen this morning.
But spring has a way of slowly creeping up before it bursts out.
Iris are greening up in the fishpond.
Although ice covers the surface of the water, it will thaw once the sun has been on it for a while.
Snowdrop bulbs have broken through the leaf cover around Bobby Buddha.
Bobby survives although he had a tough winter and suffered damage to his head where a couple of chunks of concrete broke off.
There is still snow amid the raised beds.
And the pansies we bought the other day survived a frosty night outside and will be perked up again by noontime - the most hopeful sign of spring.