The bumblebee garden is located in a very sheltered location, nestled between two tall houses and a small stream. In Fall 2019 I observed that the garden seems to have its own, mild microclimate because a lot of the plants kept blooming well into November. However when we took the Christmas lights off the hornbeam hedge on January 6, I was very surprised to see already slender green tips of crocus pushing through the shell limestone gravel, which acts as mulch, in the bumblebee garden. This might be due to the garden’s own microclimate as well as the unusually warm winter 2019/2020.