Dutchman's Breeches came into bloom today:
The vast majority of the tree species have bud tips that are popping open and turning green. There's a faint color cast painting the fringes of the forest trees as seen from overlooks and viewpoints all over the valley.
At the cloister proper, the majority of the young Tulip Trees in the plantation in the 'Yarrrrrrrd' have cracked open their buds and are showing green, and the most precocious of them began unfurling its first tiny leaves today.
So ... Yep. The weight of the evidence no longer leaves room for any doubt.
Welcome to Spring at the Cloister at Three Creeks!