Looked closely at my roses and lilacs a few days ago. They weren't starting to bud yet.
Yesterday we had a date-record rainfall: 1.2 inches in 24 hours. La Niña is finally getting in her whacks, after giving us a dry winter. Can't really complain, though; if the same precipitation had come in December per the usual Niña plan, it would have been two feet of snow!
Today the lilacs and roses are enthusiastically budding. Did the deluge give them a wakeup call?