This is one of the quickest switchovers to spring that I can remember in fourteen years of gardening on this land. Last week we had about 6 inches of snow and temperatures in the 20s. This week the plants are sprouting quickly due to just two unseasonably warm days in the 70s. My kids were off school this week and both helped clear out the perennial beds in between working a real job and helping my husband and my dad work on the hoophouse.
The hellebores are popping, winter aconites have cleared the ground and shown their happy faces, and the snow drops are in their glory. Yesterday the first daffodils opened. Along the driveway the "white forsythia" is blooming.