We had such a mild winter, and just when we were expecting spring the vernal equinox brought some of the coldest temperatures with lots of snow. Crocuses and snowdrops had already made their appearance, and I admired the tenacity of colourful blooms buried in snow.
Now April 17, I bagged some of the leaves and debris from the garden beds so I could better see the progress of spring. Hellebore blooms, and blood root sprouts. Long awaited. The white blanket lifting.