Poppies are opening on the heels of departing Daffodils as Dogwood petals are swirling to the ground like snow.
Pink papaver somniferum have petals that invite touching. They look and feel like finest silk crepe with tiny pleats.
Fringed red poppies with a purple blotch also have a look of silk. It's amazing to see the petals unfold from the bud, so tightly packed inside.
Roses are impatient, too. These were first to have an open blossom, others have buds with color.
Butterflies are arriving in larger numbers daily as more azaleas open. Tiger Swallowtails and Spicebush Swallowtails are the most numerous.