March 2nd is early for the first flower of spring; it's more like the last flower of winter. And wouldn't you know it, two of the usual contenders tied, both opening their first flowers on the same day. And talk about spectacular floral displays; virtually 100% of students and faculty walked right by without seeing a thing. How's that for observant? The red one, witchhazel, is easy enough for most temperate zone folks, but maybe you didn't recognize silver maple, which is pretty easily missed.