After having been at the ice covered lake again today March 04 2012 I made a visit to the Botanical garden here in Oslo at Tøyen. Many visitors with children, some with their dogs. I questioned a couple if they have seen some flowers and they gave me a direction to Trollhassel (Hamamelis mollis) a plant from China and another one of the similar type from Japan. It seems like the Botanical gardens in Berlin and in Utrecht ( vimeo.com/37853685 vimeo.com/37861863 )have more flowers showing at this date. The tracks were slippery, warning posters of be careful walking on the ice. A crow in the trees made some crow sounds, other birds were also singing in their bird language.