We had a light covering of snow and 7 weeks of freezing temperatures through February and March, and then we thawed, but just barely. Finally, this first week of May, weather mild enough to encourage growth appeared. In fact, as I write, we are enjoying summer temperatures! Rather odd to have 22C and still-naked trees, but neither will last long. At long last - signs of spring! I found several, including the delicate white wood anemones, the birch's "mouse ears", and some assorted other buds and new leaves, even a tree with yellow flowers. Enjoy!