In broad terms it takes around eight weeks for Spring to move from Southern England to the North of Scotland - roughly walking pace.
In my garden the daffodils are just starting to come through the soil, so it will be a few weeks yet before it looks like Spring. The buds on my Camellias are usually the first to open, accompanied by the Magnolia - neither of them are looking like it just yet.
I think the modern plural term is now OK, especially when some years ago the Queen referenced 'stadiums' in a speech. If it comes from her mouth, it's official Queens English.
My first Crocus has shown a petal this morning and the mini Irises are well under way. I have about a dozen terracotta planters with a few hundred spring bulbs every year giving about 6 weeks worth of spring has sprung. To me, they're the first feelgood factor heralding the end of winter.
"In my garden the daffodils are just starting to come through the soil, so it will be a few weeks yet before it looks like Spring."
Was down with my in-laws near Penzance, last week. Daffodils everywhere in full bloom, as are most of the early Spring flowers. Can't move on the trains for boxes of daffs etc being shipped up-country.