Hope is not the thing with feathers. Hope is the first sign of green sprouting as the snow melts in the spring.
A friend spotted his first spring robin yesterday, so maybe there are feathers involved after all?
It seems like these bulbs (mostly daffodils in this bed, with some Grape Hyacinth and Crocus, too) are sprouting awfully early this year. But they should be hardy, and not too badly damaged even if we get more snow (and we probably will).