Of course, there are other colours in spring gardens, particularly the bright greens of emerging foliage, but it always strikes me how many April flowers are rich or pale reflections of the sunshine we also welcome to our gardens at this time of year.
Daffodils are a spring staple and I've already enthused over 'Rijnveld's Early Sensation', which has almost gone before the end of March.
Just as it fades, 'Jack Snipe' opens.
I like this narcissus for its airy presence, as if it's on the point of taking flight. Being less bold in both size and colour than Rijnveld's creation, it blends better with other delicate spring hues. Another attribute is how quickly it forms large clumps, allowing me to spread it around the garden, as well as give some away to other gardeners.
This is also prime time for Corylopsis pauciflora, which is anchoring a corner by the house. I celebrate its flowering every year, and this year it seems better than ever.
In the same bed are some snow crocus in complementary colours.