When I left a couple of days ago, the Tamaracks in the yard weren't really greening up yet. But I came back to a hint of green on them. Up close, you can see the needles coming in, and scattered in a few areas, tiny pinkish flowery-looking growths.
I went and cleaned the garbage up from the undeveloped open area behind the house. It's a little less depressing now.
Down there, the maple is starting to swell at the tips, and the tiny pine trees seem to have survived another winter. The spruce is looking really good these days; it's about twice the height now that it was when I moved in here, six years ago or so.