Crocuses hearten the winter-weary heart. They cheer us with their surprise appearances in new locations, then reassure with their rich, spreading mounds just where they are supposed to be. New from old.
Hellebores prove beauty is stronger than snow and single digit temps. Garlic amuses with its coltish straggles of battered green that straighten and lengthen each day. The plum trees get their perky training ribbons. Early spring: best time of all.