Thanks to a warm January — the warmest on record, they said on the radio — the chives have woken up and put on serious growth. Tarragon has broken ground, too. There’s something comforting about watching the garden start up its old familiar song again, something so great about watching brand new life push up from the earth. And it sure makes all those bare wet branches and dead leaves strewn about seem less a blight.

What are the first signs of life in your garden?