So the plum tree outside our living room window has already bloomed and most of the petals are gone already. Last year's tree report, from March 10, indicates the blooms had just passed peak on that date. I'm going to guess it bloomed two weeks earlier this year.
Also, last summer an extremely large plum crop bent most of the branches at a right angle, and they've remained that way. Beware--from the west it comes! the tree seems to be saying.
Ah, the ominous flowers of springtime.