We almost never see early Spring flowers, at least the kind that grow in moderate climates, because at that time of the year we're still in Florida -- where all the blooms are the more flamboyant kind.
But this year, November in Oregon gave us a going-away gift. The weather there was strange -- warmer Autumn temperatures than usual in addition to the normal rains.
Buds were beginning to unfurl on a couple of the rhododendron bushes in our son-in-law and daughter's yard. And there were catkins on the pussy willow bushes.
In the more typical seasonal scene below, on the same day I took the flower pictures our daughter was outside raking the black walnut leaves.
(I helped by taking her picture.)
It is a little worrisome to think what will happen if there's a hard freeze later-- and there probably will be. After all winter hasn't even really started yet. (We're in Florida for the rest of the season, so we'll only know the fate of these lovely flowers when we hear from the leaf raker!)