We are and have been about two weeks ahead of schedule this year, if bloom times count for anything...the jonquils are just beginning to show off, last year it was the end of April--I notice other plants beginning to sprout, too.
If they are two weeks ahead, that means i am two weeks behind already. yikes.
Most of my outside work this week has consisted of helping buck up the amazing amount of downed and hanging wood just in the yard alone. My husband works the chain saw, I limb out and drag the stuff off to the brush pile. We lost a LOT of rock maples in the yard, not the tree directly but the tops were destroyed in the December ice storm, and they are as dangerous as they are ugly too look at. The only way is to cut the whole tree. Not really a loss, as trees go, since the yard is full of them and I've wanted to open that section out a bit anyway, let the light in.
As they say, be careful what you wish for; you just might get it.