This year things have been a bit strange in the garden - early, yes - but also a bit unpredictable. My spring-flowering magnolia 'Jane' always blooms after my star magnolia - which is often the first to brave the still-chilly weather (often when there is still a risk of freezing temperatures). But this year 'Jane' popped out first, followed by my star magnolia. To add to the strangeness: a few hydrangeas never lost their leaves, and my fall-blooming salvia, Salvia puberula "Hidalgo" is still blooming away, a bit crazily.
I missed spring in my garden last year - I was here for about six days in March but that was all. It is so nice being here again, and watching it wake up.