Hmm, so far we've gone through Samhain (All Hallows Eve/Halloween) and Winter Solstice -- now Imbolc.
Imbolc seems to have turned into Groundhog Day (in North America), in an odd turn -- as the holiday is really about celebrating signs of spring and lengthening days.
So why not thoughts about whether we'll have more weeks of winter to come, or not?
Japanese apricots, crocuses, and snowdrops are already in flower (non-native all).
|Prunus mume (Japanese apricot)|
I'm noting, too, that in 2009, I wrote about exceptionally early flowering (in January) in our non-native flora, including winter annuals like henbit.