Just a comment on spring progression in UK vs. Sweden. I left home on Monday and it was 20 degrees and my lilac is almost flowering (first time since I got it three years ago!!).
In Stockholm yesterday it was +4 and absolutely freezing. And very little greenery.
Somehow though Sweden will catch up around July time. It must be the long days. I just find it a bit weird to think of.
Oh, and JD has about 80 brussel sprout plants as ALL the seeds took. And we have our usual bumper crop of self seeded tomato plants. Have given Heidi and Hils 30 brussel sprout plants to share and will give them about 20 tomato plants once I am back next week.