IT WAS the tail end of winter, but Annabel Scott could already feel spring in the air.
The keen plant collector and propagator, who owns the St Leonards farm Dunedin, has noticed the first signs of renewal over the past few weeks as winter has drawn to a close.
Mrs Scott said that across her property flowers were blooming, birds were returning and newborn animals were taking their first steps.
``I can see a lot of luscious green leaves and I'm starting to see a lot of birds around . . . and we've seen lambs and calves born on the farm,'' Mrs Scott said.
``It's very exciting. It's my favourite time of year to be out in the garden.''
According to The Weather Channel meteorologist Felim Hanniffy, winter was the driest in Launceston in four years, with the total rainfall of 169.8 millimetres well below average.
Mr Hanniffy said Launceston's overall average winter temperature was 8.1 degrees - close to the long-term average but still the coolest winter for five years.
Launceston welcomed in spring yesterday with a sunny top of 14 degrees, while Burnie and Devonport both reached 12 degrees.
Hobart, Geeveston and Fingal shared the state's highest temperature of 15 degrees.