I’m on bloom watch for my first bloom of the year. It looked like it would be earlier this week, but the cloudy, wet, cold weather of the past few days has slowed things down. Clearly, there is a whole lot of budding going on. I took the shot of this bud on one of my lilac bushes last week. When will “leaf out” occur? Last year, most of the trees seemed to open their leaves around May 1, about two weeks earlier than what I’ve always perceived as normal. Whether early or late, we’re at least getting close.