An early April observation...the thing with the second wave is there are just too many things busting out in bloom to count BUT I'll try.
First, say good bye to the snowdrops and crocuses. Even the earliest of the daffodils are now fading. Winter witch hazel is about done and the pussy willow is in the puffy pollen phase. I've even seen the first dandelion seedhead puffball. Juncos and Purple Finches are heading north. White Throated Sparrow song is gone for the year.
In grassy fields the chickweed/speedwell/hensbit triumvirate
And on the forest floor
In cultivated gardens .... "mid-season" daffodils now
a few tulips
butterflies and bumbles!
Up off the ground forsythia and quince joined by almond
In the forest spice bush scents the air
while sweet shrub blooms by farm house doors.
and Calgery pears
join the earliest magnolias.
Can pink apple blossoms and yellow mustard be far behind? Just look...redbud!!!!!