Yes I know officially spring came a week and a half ago, but really the first day of spring is when the crocuses bloom. Only the yellow ones are out right now, but some purple ones are in bud.
The witch hazel is blooming too, but I always find their flowers hard to see. That could also be because of its location which in the far corner of the yard. Behind my townhouse mates' car and the giant but shrinking snowbank made by the plows this winter.
Sadly not all was happy with the witch hazel. Since it was partly buried by that giant snow pile, many of its branches are broken. I also found my blueberry bushes in that corner almost non existent. Most of the branches were broken off. They are still alive, but barely. So I did some pruning today. I also pruned the apple tree in the backyard which had some branches pulled down by the snow. Those low branches are now gone. My currents had a lot of broken bits as they are by the driveway and get a lot of snow shoveled onto them. So the winter wasn't kind.
But its spring, right? So it will all grow back. Well not those lower apple tree branches, but I always thought they were too low to the ground anyway. I should have taken them off years ago.