When my kids were very young, my husband would take them outside on Mother's Day and have them pick some lilacs for me, because that's when the lilacs always bloomed. During the last few years, however, the lilacs have appeared a couple of weeks earlier than usual, and this year they're a full month early. We're also seeing a record number of red admiral butterflies in the Chicago area. My neighbor took these photos of a red admiral on our lilacs. (I wish I could bottle the scent and send some to you).
Thank you, Ann!