The photos below were all taken on May 1st, the date I have used to compare the progress of spring for some time now.
The woods have just a hint of green, – most trees have only small buds, while a few early ones are sporting tiny leaves.
The pussy willow has been out for some time. There is still lots of snow in the mountains and temperatures have been quite low so far.
Crocuses are mostly finished, most of the daffodils are budding, and so is the cherry tree.
Only the very early daffodils and the ones growing in the most sunny places are in bloom.
The tulips along the south wall have large buds.
The spiraea bush, – the very first bush that was planted in our garden nearly 40 years ago, is starting to sprout leaves, but no flowers yet. The rose bush to the right was planted about the same time, and will hopefully display its white roses in a couple of months.
The field looks yellow and bleak, but there must be something green growing underneath since the deer turn up grazing there almost every day.