Spring is on the way when:
first the jonquils, then the daffodils make an appearance,
some of the earlier-blooming street trees begin their display,
when this particular, and rather strange, camellia flowers,
when the resident fruit trees threaten to join it,
when all the gardeners begin to plant some of their saved seeds,
and when Hazel goes all ga-ga over the deliciousness of compost.
But the clincher, the biggest and best indicator
that spring is just around the corner, here at Hazel's...
is when the Claude spends more time
in the gardener's favourite fire-side chair
than she does.