It is early February and signs of spring abound here in north east New Jersey, despite the thin layer of snow that has been lingering around these last few days. I’m speaking of the optimistic presence of the snowdrops, charging forth out of the frozen ground heralding the coming of spring. It does seem a bit too early however. Warmer weather had coaxed them upwards only for colder weather to stunt them and force a lackluster bloom. Iris fronds are tentatively appearing too, and lesser celandine plants, impatient to wait any longer, have been busy bravely setting out leaves. So many shrubs and trees are poised to make their flowering spring debuts as well, but for now, they are patient. Indoors, our exotic trees needn’t wait for warmer temperatures. The longer days have awoken the trees from their dormancy and the bright green new leaves of the dwarf fig, pomegranate and bay laurel trees are indeed a sight for sore eyes. Spring is on the way.