The buds on the trees are finally bursting forth. We lost our snow so early that it seem to take forever for the trees to bud. This weekend the landscape changed color, from grays and the dark greens of the evergreens to bright greens and red-greens of the blooming trees. Even our new apple trees that we planted last fall have finally started to put forth their buds. I was worried about them after weeks of no activity. I have never planted fruit trees before, or had any but some wild apples, so I was worried I had done something wrong and killed all of them. You can imagine my relief this morning!