The long winter finally ends
The sudden warmth is making things grow more than twice as fast as last year, when it was a slow, gradual warming through late March and early April. I have to hurry outside to scrape up the dead leaves, because the new growth underneath needs air. No real leaves on the trees yet, but every day you can see more and more yellowish/green haze on the branches. In another week, there will be actual leaves out!
It wasn't too cold this winter, and the heavy snow insulated most plants, so I think the only loss so far is one of my Benjamin Britten roses. The snow came so early, I didn't have time to put styrofoam cones over them, and the weight of the snow split off half the rosebush. I guess the shock was too much for it. The other two seem to have survived, even though I ran out of time to prune them last year. The two apple trees are getting leaves, and the damson plum survived the winter - it's later than the apples and the cherry, but I can see the little leaf buds starting to get green at their tips.