So while the UK is still freezing at least the blossom is out somewhere…

Life is a carpet of cherry blossom in this Tokyo park as people enjoy a picnic on the banks of a pond covered with petals. Photograph: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images


Where are you? It’s fr-eeezing here in the UK - but our readers still found some tender shoots of the season in their gardens. Click through this gallery to brighten up your day. 

Photo credits:

  1. Duckling by P’ptje/flickr
  2. Crocus in sunshine by Lisagreen2/flickr
  3. Tiny crocuses by Memake/flickr
A dog runs past spring flowers starting to bloom on the Stray in Harrogate, North Yorkshire Photograph: Jonathan Pow/PA

Share your early signs of spring pictures with us via Flickr.

Little lamb! Heeze-Leende, the Netherlands: A farmer holds two newborn lambs in his arms. Check out the best photos from around the world on Thursday in our gallery. Photograph: Robin Utrecht/EPA

A woman feeding gulls in a Brighton park. The photographer is trying to trace her after the picture won an international competition at the Los Angeles festival - do you know her? Photograph: Barcroft Media/Clive Frost


Share your art: readers’ spring pictures

Spring has arrived!

Each month we suggest a topic and invite readers to share their own creations on that subject. Here is a small selection of some of our favourite reader artworks inspired by spring. Have a flick through

So pretty! Love the butterfly one too…

Tokyo, Japan: People walk under cherry blossoms at a park Photograph: Shizuo Kambayashi/AP

Morning Tumblr! Some lovely springtime pictures coming into our 2012 Flickr group - including this cutie from lambing day (by imageflash)