Last year I was chomping at the bit to buy plants and start gardening in April. After all the pear tree out front had tightly wrapped buds all over it. This year we've had such a mild spring (and winter before it) that the pear tree opened up her petals and has been basking in the sun for a couple of weeks. Then, today, it snowed. Poor pear tree.
PS -- As far planting is concerned, we've ordered a peach tree for the backyard. And I've purchased the bulbs for a Portland-inspired shade garden for a dark corner of the side yard.