Do snow showers bring May flowers?
Londoners had to wonder Thursday after looking at the calendar and looking out the window. Snow flurries swirled through the British capital, failing to stick but giving residents the sense that winter temperatures would somehow never end.
Britain has just endured its coldest March in more 50 years -- and the trial is not over yet.
Richard Wilford, head of hardy plants at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is among the many wishing for warmth. He says the consistency of the cold -- London hasn't had a warm spell since Christmas -- is worrisome. Although some of the tougher plants are flowering now, many will just abort once they open, he said.
In other words, spring will come -- but it might be short.