Today, our first with sunshine for some time, the temperature reached 15 C.  The bees are busy and many plants are flowering out of season.  The male holly trees in the woods are in flower  and scenting the air  and I have heard reports of Somerset orchards in bloom!  The goarse on the A3 is a welcome splash of colour on gloomy journeys and the witch hazel, parrotia, winter honeysuckle, autumn and winter prunus are full of bloom.  Winter forage is a welcome if small addition to hive stores which are being depleted rapidly in this unseasonably warm weather.