7:46:49 PM

photo: hazelnut bud

photo: rhubarb sprouts

photo: lemon balm

First growth, all still braced for cold. I like the hazelnut
buds best – wintry white fuzz, but with bright, almost clownish
red tufts. Rhubarb leaves punch red fists through the mulch, then
unclench green palms to the sun. The lemon balm looks lush, but it
huddles close to the ground.