My rhododendrons always bloom in the same order, and this one is always first. I so look forward to seeing the first rhody flowers. When the blossoms open, they will be a pretty pink and white. Those are bluebells in front and a tulip bud. Barring anything unforeseen, I will be able to show photos soon.
This is the only azalea here. For some reason, the branches through the slats on the deck are blooming before the main plant. Perhaps they get more all day sunshine. In full bloom, the entire plant will look red.
I got excited to see the first lilac bloom. White-flowered shrubs bloom before the purple-flowered ones every year. In the photo, the purple buds are very full, and the white flowers are beginning to bloom on the very top of the bush.