You can hardly tell just yet, but on a small-holding in the Ballyroe hills just outside Tralee, something is stirring in the soil.
And, come May, the first of the aquilega – better known as granny’s bonnet – will start to sway in the summer breeze. Delicately perfumed sweet peas will clamber skywards. There’ll be cosmos and cornflowers, sweet William and strawflowers, lark’s spur and love-in-a-mist. Blowsy poppies and oxeye daisies so cheerful they’d almost smile at you.