The first week in May is the week the leaves apppear almost without fail. It's almost explosive, you can practically see them grow from hour to hour.
Here are two pictures of the same branch, one taken on Tuesday, and the other on Thursday, to give you some idea. Does the heart good to see the green festoon the trees.
This abundance of growth and good weather are to blame for the fact that this Saturday photo is being posted on Monday: Jeanne was here on Saturday and Thomas on Sunday, and we had a good time playing, going to the park and not spending time in front of the computer. That does the heart good from time to time too.