The paw paw trees are covered with blooms this year. Even trees with small diameter trunks have more blooms than they can possibly produce fruit. If only ten percent of the blooms produce fruit, there would be more fruit than in any of the previous seven years. The following pictures show the mass of purple blooms which are about one inch in diameter.
And, the first tick of Spring arrived on April 11, can Summer be far behind?
Although the timing of events this year has been somewhat different than previous years, the pink ladies came back this Summer right on schedule at the end of July/beginning of August. Here is a photo of a populated fence row.
There is one group of easter flowers that always bloom a week or two before the others. This year the first blooms came out on February 28, 2017, as the following photo shows. Although I thought that was early, I found a picture of the same flowers from last year that was dated March 7, 2016.
And, as the following photo shows the elderberries are also leafing out.