ORIGINAL POSTING of 4/21/2016 -
It seemed to me that spring had sprung about four weeks early this year. Well...I don't have a good year-to-year comparison for each year, but I can show you the difference between April 26, 2012 and today.
There really isn't that much difference since I expect the irises to be fully abloom within six days - except for the leafing out of the sugar maple tree that is in the middle ground just to the left of the ball-trimmed junipers. The sugar maple won't make the leafiness of 2012, I'm thinking. The 2012 photo looks muddy because the sun was having a hard time making its way through the clouds.
ADDITION of 4/26/2016 -
It's amazing how much a maple can leaf out in six days. Six days later, here's how things look.