The Victorians developed a complex language of flowers. In part I suspect, to avoid the notice of the young ladies’ chaperones. What would your bouquet say?

Some early British wildflowers to look out for are the Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna), which means joys to come, and the Sweet Violet (Viola odorata), which means modesty.

Also listen out for the cuckoos, as they arrive back from wintering in Africa. While the Bewick swan, having spent the winter in Britain, will now be preparing to fly to Siberia for the summer.

Picture: Regent Publishing Co. Ltd., Dumbarton Oaks Archives